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Dreman
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01 November 2007 at 7:53pm | IP Logged 
One of my Chinese friends wrote me this but won't tell me what it means "我要吃反". If anyone could translate it, it would be greatly appreciated. Danke.



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01 November 2007 at 8:07pm | IP Logged 
I need something to eat.



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01 November 2007 at 8:11pm | IP Logged 
Thanks!



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05 November 2007 at 7:58pm | IP Logged 
It should be “我要吃饭”. Not “反”but“饭”!

Actually, it means: I want my breakfast / lunch / supper. Not only somthing as snack.





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06 November 2007 at 10:51am | IP Logged 
And if I have understood it correctly that "yao" can mean "want" or "going to", so depending on context the sentence could mean "I am going to have a meal" or "I want to have a meal". Right?



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01 October 2016 at 5:48pm | IP Logged 
Hencke wrote:
And if I have understood it correctly that "yao" can mean "want" or "going to", so depending on context the sentence could mean "I am going to have a meal" or "I want to have a meal". Right?


Which letter is "yao"? Also, I find it interesting that Indonesian has the same concept for the word "mau". It can mean either "will" or "want".



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11 February 2017 at 2:53am | IP Logged 
Hencke wrote:
And if I have understood it correctly that "yao" can mean "want" or "going to", so depending on context the sentence could mean "I am going to have a meal" or "I want to have a meal". Right?


I am a Chinese,I think I have the same troubles with you in the process of learning another language that is not ourselfs mother tougue.

A verb in Chinese characters no matter what that is intransitive or transitive,it doesn't have any tense,they just indicate its movement or action at all. We have other words to indicate when the events or affairs happened,for example,正在、在那时、在过去、在刚才 etc.

Edited by headache on 11 February 2017 at 3:19am




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