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?
- 我 要 打 电话 订 位子。 I want to call to make the reservation.
- 你们 可以 上网 买 机票。 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 买 菜 做 饭。 I like 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.