"Go by yourself. I don't want to go!"


November 17, 2017

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Why is "yīgerén" not uaed here?


It's not necessary but it isn't wrong either.


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一个人 is not accepted by DL. I've been and this question 3 times now and got it "wrong" each time because i forgot DL insists on 自己 here. So annoying!


This feels like it should have a 吧 after the 你自己去 to soften it. Of course, if we wanted to be really impolite/emphatic we could always say, "你自己去呗,我才不想去(呢)!" But even Duolingo's sentence already sounds as if we are hopping mad at the person we are speaking to.

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    The exclamation point in the sentence indicates an imperative so I do not believe it is necessary to use 把 to soften it.


    It can still include the exclamation mark, using 吧 with it is different from using it alone.


    It sounds like the speak has already decided what he/she will do. So why is 想 used instead of 要?


    想 and 要 overlap on the "want to" end of the spectrum, but 要 strays toward the "need" end. Thus, 想 is used when a speaker wishes to sound less certain or demanding.


    Then I think that 要 should be accepted here.


    Why is 自己去我不想去 wrong? And how do you tell from the Chinese that it is an imperative?


    There is no grammatical command form in Mandarin. A declarative sentence beginning with 你 or 你们 can be understood as a command in context. Thus, 你去睡觉 is an imperative when said to a friend who is nodding off while watching TV. You can soften such a sentence by adding the final particle 吧 ba or by using words such as 应该 yīnggāi before the verb phrase. Negative imperatives often use 不要 bú yào or 别 bié, both meaning 'don't'.

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