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The following structures that are used to give commands in Chinese are organized according to our grammar points by level.

A1 Giving commands

Grammar Point (English) Pattern Examples
Negative commands with "buyao" 不要 + Verb 不要 说 英文!

A2 Giving commands

Grammar Point (English) Pattern Examples
Expressing "stop doing" with "bie… le" 别 + Verb + 了 ,烦 死了 。
Negative commands with "bie" 别 + Verb 走。

B1 Giving commands

Grammar Point (English) Pattern Examples
Causative verbs Subj. + Causative Verb + Person + Predicate 你 为什么 不 我 去 ?
Expressing "must" with "dei" 得 + Verb 我们 走 了 。

B2 Giving commands

Grammar Point (English) Pattern Examples
Conditions with "yao" and "jiu" 要 + Verb + 就 Verb 买 ,我们 快 关门 了 。

C1 Giving commands

Grammar Point (English) Pattern Examples
Adding emphasis with "fei....buke" Subj. + 非(要) + Verb Phrase (+ 不可) 学 好 汉语 不可
Expressing "to make certain" with "qianwan" 千万 + Verb/Verb Phrase 千万 别 泄露 出 去。
Expressing “must" with "feidei" 非得 + Action + 不可/不行/不成 现在 是 紧急 情况,医生 非得 马上 开 刀 不可