Difference between revisions of "Expressing "from" with "cong... zhong""

 
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* 我<em>从</em>书<em>中</em>学习了很多知识. <span class="trans">I learned a lot from the book.</span class="trans">
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* 我<em>从</em>书<em>中</em>学习了很多知识. <span class="pinyin">Wǒ <em>cóng</em> shū <em>zhōng</em> xuéxí le hěnduō zhīshì.</span><span class="trans">I learned a lot from the book.</span class="trans">
*我们<em>从</em>聊天<em>中</em>知道小王不喜欢咖啡. <span class="trans">We know from chatting that Xiao Wang doesn't like coffee. </span class="trans">
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*我们<em>从</em>聊天<em>中</em>知道小王不喜欢咖啡. <span class="pinyin">Wǒmen <em>cóng</em> liáotiān <em>zhōng</em> zhīdào xiǎo wáng bù xǐhuān kāfēi.</span><span class="trans">We know from chatting that Xiao Wang doesn't like coffee. </span class="trans">
*<em>从</em>这件事<em>中</em>小王明白了诚实重要. <span class="trans">Xiao Wang knows the importance of honesty from this matter.</span class="trans">
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*<em>从</em>这件事<em>中</em>小王明白了诚实重要. <span class="pinyin"><em>Cóng</em> zhè jiàn shì <em>zhōng</em> Xiǎo Wáng míngbái le chéngshí zhòngyào.</span><span class="trans">Xiao Wang knows the importance of honesty from this matter.</span class="trans">
  
 
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Latest revision as of 21:19, 28 June 2020

从……中 (cóng... zhōng) is just another way to express "from." You might be wondering how it differs from the very similar 从……到 (cóng... dào) which expresses "from" in relation to time and place. 从……中 is more versatile because you can use it to talk about things in a more general sense than just about time and place.

Structure

从 + thing + 中 + result


The result is added on the end to complete the idea, but actually expressing "from" comes from everything before the addition of the result.

Examples

  • 学习了很多知识. cóng shū zhōng xuéxí le hěnduō zhīshì.I learned a lot from the book.
  • 我们聊天知道小王不喜欢咖啡. Wǒmen cóng liáotiān zhōng zhīdào xiǎo wáng bù xǐhuān kāfēi.We know from chatting that Xiao Wang doesn't like coffee.
  • 这件事小王明白了诚实重要. Cóng zhè jiàn shì zhōng Xiǎo Wáng míngbái le chéngshí zhòngyào.Xiao Wang knows the importance of honesty from this matter.

Sources and further reading

Books

HSK5