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.


  • 我们 咖啡店 咖啡 吧 。 Wǒmen kāfēidiàn kāfēi ba. Let's go to the cafe and drink coffee.
  • 我 要 饭 。 Wǒ yào huí jiā chī fàn. I want to go home and eat.
  • 他 不 图书馆 书 。 Tā bù túshūguǎn kàn shū. He does not go to the library and read.
  • 我 想 海南 海 。 Wǒ xiǎng Hǎinán kàn hǎi. I want to go to Hainan and see the sea.
  • 你 要 超市 东西 吗 ? Nǐ yào chāoshì mǎi dōngxī ma? Do you want to go to the supermarket to buy things?
  • 打 电话 告诉 他 了 吗 ? dǎ diànhuà gàosu tā le ma? Did you call him and tell him?
  • 我 要 打 电话 位子 。 Wǒ yào dǎ diànhuà dìng wèizi. I want to call to make the reservation.
  • 我 要 上网 机票 。 Wǒ yào shàngwǎng mǎi jīpiào. I will use the internet to buy airplane tickets.
  • 我 下周 美国 旅行Wǒ xiàzhōu Měiguó lǚxíng. Next week I will go to the US to travel.
  • 周末 我 需要 饭 。 Zhōumò wǒ xūyào mǎi cài zuò fàn. I need to buy food to cook on the weekend.

Note that the English translations of these sentences use the word "and", but there is no equivalent to it in Chinese.

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