Using "dao" to mean "to go to"

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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


  • 上海。I arrived at Shanghai.
  • 哪儿?Where did you get to?
  • 他们 酒吧。They got to the bar

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。TRANSLATION
  • 那儿 去 做 什么?TRANSLATION
  • 他们 要 酒吧 去 喝 酒。TRANSLATION

See also

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