Actions in a row
Linking actions together in a sentence is very straightforward and to the point. Because of this, there is no new word or phrase needed!
In Chinese it's very easy to describe two actions in a row. Simply place one verb phrase after another, in this structure:
Subj. + [Verb Phrase 1] + [Verb Phrase 2]
No connecting word is needed. A common mistake in the early stages of learning Chinese is to try and link verbs with 和 (hé). This is incorrect - 和 (hé) can only link nouns. Just place one verb after another.
- 我 要 回 家 吃 饭 。 I want to go home and eat.
- 你 要 去 超市 买 东西 吗 ？ Are you going to the supermarket to buy things?
- 他 不 想 去 图书馆 看 书 。 He doesn't want to go to the library and read.
- 我 想 跟 男朋友 一起 去 海南 看 海。 I want to go to Hainan and see the sea together with my boyfriend.
- 你 打 电话 告诉 他 了 吗 ？ Did you call him and tell him?
- 早上 我 要 先 刷 牙 洗 脸，再 吃 早饭。 In the morning, I need to first brush my teeth, wash my face and then eat breakfast.
- 你们 可以 上网 买 机票 吗？Can you use the internet to buy airplane tickets?
- 老板 下周 去 美国 出差。 Next week the boss will go to the US on a business trip.
- 周末 我 喜欢 自己 买 菜 做 饭。 I like to buy food to cook by my self on the weekend.
Note that the English translations of these sentences use the word "and", but there is no equivalent to it in Chinese.