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*北京 <em>的话</em>,秋天 去 最好 。<span class="trans">As for Beijing, autumn is the best time to go.</span>
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*北京 <em>的话</em>,秋天 去 最好 。<span class="pinyin">Běijīng <em>de huà</em>, qiūtiān qù zuì hǎo.</span><span class="trans">As for Beijing, autumn is the best time to go.</span>
*晚上 <em>的话</em>,当然 方便 啦 。<span class="trans">The evening? Of course that's convenient.</span>
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*晚上 <em>的话</em>,当然 方便 啦 。<span class="pinyin">Wǎnshàng <em>de huà</em>, dāngrán fāngbiàn la.</span><span class="trans">The evening? Of course that's convenient.</span>
*这个 问题 <em>的话</em>,我 不 太 方便 说 。<span class="trans">As for this question, it's not convenient for me to talk about it.</span>
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*这个 问题 <em>的话</em>,我 不 太 方便 说 。<span class="pinyin">Zhè ge wèntí <em>de huà</em>, wǒ bù tài fāngbiàn shuō.</span><span class="trans">As for this question, it's not convenient for me to talk about it.</span>
*我 肯定 能 去 。 他 <em>的话</em> ,我 就 不知道 了。<span class="trans">I can definitely go. As for him though, I don't know.</span>
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*我 肯定 能 去 。 他 <em>的话</em> ,我 就 不知道 了。<span class="pinyin">Wǒ kěndìng néng qù. Tā <em>de huà</em>, wǒ jiù bù zhīdào le.</span><span class="trans">I can definitely go. As for him though, I don't know.</span>
*我们 的 要求 比较 高 。具体 来说 <em>的话</em> ,有 三 个 方面 。<span class="trans">Our requirement is quite high. Specifically, there are three aspects.</span>
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*我们 的 要求 比较 高 。具体 来说 <em>的话</em> ,有 三 个 方面 。<span class="pinyin">Wǒmen de yāoqiú bǐjiào gāo. Jùtǐ lái shuō <em>de huà</em>, yǒu sān gè fāngmiàn.</span><span class="trans">Our requirement is quite high. Specifically, there are three aspects.</span>
  
 
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Latest revision as of 18:47, 28 June 2020

You probably already know that 的话 (de huà) can be put at the end of a phrase to express the meaning of "if." It can be used independently, or with 如果, both meaning "if." But it can also be used to simply identify a topic, sort of like saying "when it comes to...."

Structure

的话 can also be used to introduce a topic which the speaker intends to say more about.

Topic + 的话 ,Comment

Examples

  • 北京 的话,秋天 去 最好 。Běijīng de huà, qiūtiān qù zuì hǎo.As for Beijing, autumn is the best time to go.
  • 晚上 的话,当然 方便 啦 。Wǎnshàng de huà, dāngrán fāngbiàn la.The evening? Of course that's convenient.
  • 这个 问题 的话,我 不 太 方便 说 。Zhè ge wèntí de huà, wǒ bù tài fāngbiàn shuō.As for this question, it's not convenient for me to talk about it.
  • 我 肯定 能 去 。 他 的话 ,我 就 不知道 了。Wǒ kěndìng néng qù. Tā de huà, wǒ jiù bù zhīdào le.I can definitely go. As for him though, I don't know.
  • 我们 的 要求 比较 高 。具体 来说 的话 ,有 三 个 方面 。Wǒmen de yāoqiú bǐjiào gāo. Jùtǐ lái shuō de huà, yǒu sān gè fāngmiàn.Our requirement is quite high. Specifically, there are three aspects.

See also

Sources and further reading

Websties

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