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 饭 。 Wǒ yào huí jiā chī fàn. I want to go home and eat.
  • 你 要 超市 东西 吗 ? Nǐ yào chāoshì mǎi dōngxī ma? Are you going to the supermarket to buy things?
  • 他 不 想 图书馆 书 。 Tā bù xiǎng túshūguǎn kàn shū. He doesn't want to go to the library and read.
  • 我 想 跟 男朋友 一起 海南 海。 Wǒ xiǎng gēn nánpéngyou yīqǐ Hǎinán kàn hǎi. I want to go to Hainan and see the sea together with my boyfriend.
  • 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.
  • 你们 可以 上网 机票。 Nǐmen kěyǐ shàngwǎng mǎi jīpiào ma? Can you use the internet to buy airplane tickets?
  • 老板 下周 美国 出差Lǎobǎn xiàzhōu Měiguó chūchāi. Next week the boss will go to the US on a business trip.
  • 周末 我 喜欢 饭。 Zhōumò wǒ xǐhuan mǎi cài zuò fàn. 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.

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