"She reads the newspaper at home."


December 28, 2017

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So .. its place then action


Yes...guess you're right


I believe 她在家读报纸。should be accepted. Does anyone know the difference in 读 and 看? My understanding is 读 is to read and 看 is to read but also to see or to look. I reported this Oct 16, 2018


读 it's more for study and 看 it's more for see or look


To me 读 seems a little out of place here. 读 also tends to mean read out loud or read with a voice (which is why you see the radical on the left, which means speech), whereas 看 is reading to yourself.


Same question here.


It's strange, in another example 他在家+verb was traslated as "he's doing...". How to tell them apart?


I'm not sure exactly which bit you're asking about but if your question relates to he / she then he = 他 and she = 她 the left radical is the difference. They are both pronounced the same though.


Sorry if I confused you by changing from she to he. What I meant is how to translate a sentence like "She is reading the newspaper at home"

In another example 他们在超市买东西 it was translated as"they are buying something at the supermarket" instead of "they buy something at the supermarket"


So I'm just a beginner, but this is my understanding.

在 has a few meanings. When used with a location it is a preposition, as in this exercise. It is connecting the subject (她) to the location (家).

When used before a verb it indicates an action in progress. I.e. it represents the continuous/progressive aspect. Since it isn't used as such in your example, I would suspect that the translation using the progressive aspect is not strictly correct.

If I wanted to say she is reading the newspaper at home I might use 在 twice:


Since I am a beginner, I'm hoping a more advanced speaker can clarify and/or correct me if required.


Doesn't this have two meanings - she reads the newspaper at home or she is reading the newspaper at home?


This is my question to. It seems like two meanings are said the same way. First shes at hone right now reading the paper. Second she reads the newspaper only at home, which might not be happening right now. Is that right?


I also came here to ask the same question. Could someone please tell me how to be precise and make clear which of these two alternatives is being meant, in Chinese?

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