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.
- 你 打 电话 告诉 他 了 吗？Did you call him and tell him?
- 我们 要 坐 飞机 去 美国。We are going to take the airplane to go to America.
- 你们 可以 上 网买 机票 吗？Can you use the internet to buy airplane tickets?
- 老板 下周 去 北京 出 差。Next week the boss will go toBeijing on a business trip.
- 中国人 都 要 回 家 过 年。Chinese people all go back home and spend Chinese New Year.
- 周末 我 喜欢 自己 买 菜 做 饭。 I like to buy food to cook by my self on the weekend.
- 早上 我 要 先 刷 牙 洗 脸，再 吃 早饭。In the morning, I need to first brush my teeth and wash my face, and then eat breakfast.
Note that the English translations of these sentences use the word "and", but there is no equivalent to it in Chinese.