Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Grammar Point - When 当……的时候



Transcript:
In my previous video, I highlighted the following sentences.


我伤心的时候,他会让我快乐起来;我孤独的时候,他是我最好的陪伴;我迷茫的时候,他帮我找到前行的方向。


Now I am going to talk about the sentence structure :
当 …… 的时候


A typical sentence structure is :
当 subject + predicate 的 时候, subject + predicate.


This is a type of complex sentence. It has two clauses. Each clause can have the same subject or different subject.
This sentence structure expresses a similar meaning as the corresponding English sentence does.   


When subject + predicate,subject + predicate.  


When you are with me, I am very happy.
当你和我在一起的时候,我很快乐。


Sometimes, 当 …… 的时候 can be shortened as 当 ……时


When you are with me, I am very happy.
当你和我在一起,我很快乐。
当你和我在一起时,我很快乐。


Sometimes, we can even omit the 当:
你和我在一起时,我很快乐。


Now it’s your turn, try to say the following sentences in the three different ways I just mentioned.


When I am home, I love reading a book.
当我在家的时候,我爱看书。


When I am upset, he will cheer me up.
当我伤心的时候,他会让我快乐起来。


When I feel lonely, he is my best companion.
当我孤独的时候,他是我最好的陪伴。


When I am lost, he helps me to find the way.
当我迷茫的时候,他帮我找到前行的方向。


Please use The Chinese-English popup dictionary to get detailed information about the pronunciation and translation of each character and words.