How do the tone patterns of "jiǔ shí yuán" change here and what is the rule? It sounds like 3rd Tone "jiǔ" becomes a 4th tone.
Yes, third tone usually becomes fourth tone before other tones. A third tone before a third tone becomes second tone.
The third tone, or 3, becomes the second tone before a second tone.
For three third tones in a row, or 3 3 3, the rule depends on which two tones form the main phrase, or (3 3).
(3 3) 3 = 2 2 3
3 (3 3) = 3 2 3
No, people usually say 九十块 or 九十元; 九十块人民币 would be like saying ninety bucks american dollars.
Confused as to how I'd be expected to know this having not been taught the meaning of any of the characters in these lessons.
My guess is since we're absolute beginners it's like training wheels. It'll go away.
Again only one choice! Put some effort into the multiple choice questions. Or ARE you wasting people's time on purpose?
Noel435839, how many times do you say the same thing? I don't like you post but I am going to press green instead of red, because you spelled everything correctly.
Pray to God
“Yuan” is only acceptable for RMB(人民幣), but “dollar” is a common unit of other kind of dollars(貨幣).
So, “dollars” should be used instead of “yuan”.