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Using "ye" and "dou" together

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If you are trying to call attention to similarities between multiple things, you will want to use 也 (yě) first followed by 都 (dōu) to express that these multiple things have something in common.

Positive Form

Structure

When using 也 (yě) and 都 (dōu) in the same sentence, remember to put 也 (yě) first:

Subj. + 也都 + Predicate

The predicate part of the pattern can be a verb or an adjective.

Examples

  • 我 很 好 ,我 的 家人 也 都 很 好 。Wǒ hěn hǎo, wǒ de jiārén yě dōu hěn hǎo.I'm good. So is everyone in my family.
  • 大人 很 喜欢 这个 餐厅 ,孩子 们 也 都 很 喜欢 。Dàren hěn xǐhuan zhège cāntīng, háizi men yě dōu hěn xǐhuan.Adults all like this restaurant, and the children all like it too.
  • 我 老板 是 美国 人 ,很 多 客户 也 都 是 美国 人 。Wǒ lǎobǎn shì Měiguó rén, hěn duō kèhù yě dōu shì Měiguó rén.My boss is American. Lots of our clients are also Americans.
  • 他 很 高 ,他 的 两 个 弟弟 也 都 比较 高 。Tā hěn gāo, tā de liǎng gè dìdi yě dōu bǐjiào gāo.He's tall. His two younger brothers are also pretty tall.
  • 老板 加班 ,你们 也 都 要 加班 吗 ?Lǎobǎn jiābān, nǐmen yě dōu yào jiābān ma?The boss will be working late. Will you all need to work late too?

Negative Form

Structure

If you're using 不 (bù) or 没 (méi) with 也都 (yě dōu) in the same sentence, remember to put 不 (bù) or 没(méi) after 也都 (yě dōu):

Subj. + 也都 + 不 / 没 + Predicate

Examples

  • 我们 也 都 没 吃饭 ,一起 去 吧 。Wǒmen yě dōu méi chīfàn, yīqǐ qù ba.We all haven't eaten either. Let's go together.
  • 这些 不 贵 ,那些 也 都 不 贵 。Zhèxiē bù guì, nàxiē yě dōu bù guì.These are not expensive. Those aren't expensive, either.
  • 我 不 喜欢 蝙蝠侠 ,我 的 朋友 也 都 不 喜欢 他 。Wǒ bù xǐhuan Biānfú-xiá, wǒ de péngyou yě dōu bù xǐhuan tā.I don't like Batman. My friends don't like him, either.
  • 你 觉得 你 不 容易 ?我们 也 都 不 容易 。Nǐ juéde nǐ bù róngyì? Wǒmen yě dōu bù róngyì.You're saying it isn't easy for you? It isn't easy for us, either.
  • 我 没 去 过 美国 ,我 的 家人 也 都 没 去 过 。Wǒ méi qù guo Měiguó, wǒ de jiārén yě dōu méi qù guo.I've never been to the USA. My family has never been there, either.

See also

Sources and further reading

Books

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