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Revision as of 08:09, 21 February 2014

A simple and direct way to indicate that you arrived somewhere is to use the verb 到 (dào).

Structure for place

The verb 到 (dào) is used to talk about going to places.

Subject + 到 + Place


  • 你 要 哪儿?Where are you going to?
  • 上海。I arrived at Shanghai.
  • 他们 已经 酒吧 了。They already got to the bar.
  • 我 刚家。I just got home.
  • 公司 了 吗?Did you get to the company?
  • 我们 先北京,然后香港。First we'll arrive in Beijing, then in Hong Kong.
  • 南京 路 的 时候, 给 我 打 电话 吧。When you arrive at Nanjing Road, give me a call.
  • 两 年 以前 我 了 中国。Two years ago I arrived in China.
  • 从 这里 那 里 需要 一 个 小时。To arrive there from here takes an hour.
  • 请 问 这 个 地铁 火车站 吗?Can you ask the metro what train station we arrived at?

Structure for place and action

If you are going to a place to do something else, you can add 去 and the verb. This has the meaning of "going to the place to do something."

Subject + 到 + Place + 去 + Action


  • 中国 去 学习 中文。I go to China to study Chinese.
  • 那儿 去 做 什么?What did you go there to do?
  • 他们 要 酒吧 去 喝 酒。They are going to the bar to drink.
  • 今年 我们 中国 去 旅游。This year we are going to China to travel.
  • 我们 公园 去 看 书 吧。Let's go to the park to read.
  • 我们 经常 KTV 去 唱 歌。We often go to Karaoke to sing songs.
  • 明天 我 女朋友 家 里 去 见 她 的 父母。Tomorrow I am going to my girlfriend's house to meet her parents.
  • 我 想 商店 去 买 点 水果。I want to go to the store to buy fruit.
  • 我们 哪 里 去 吃 饭 啊?Did you all go there to eat food?
  • 小 狗 沙发 上 去 睡觉 了。The small dog went on top of the sofa to sleep.

See also

Sources and further reading