"It will be winter soon!"


April 8, 2018



Why 了? Winter is not here yet nor is it completed 8n this context

April 8, 2018


Along with 快 (lit. "fast"), 了 plays the role that expresses "just about to".

April 8, 2018


谢谢您。 this is why chinese is endlessly fascinating - time for me to go back to the grammar book.

April 9, 2018


Yeah, this is actually really interesting. This was the hardest thing for me to wrap my mind around when I was a first year student, and my teacher said "了 marks completion, but it isn't necessarily past tense."

But yeah, the way I chose to think about it is that it is marking imminent completion, as in, this will be completed in the future. The 快 lets me know it won't be long.

It can be used with other units of time, for example:

一年后我会到了。 I will arrive in one year. 今年春天什么时候会到了? When will spring arrive this year. 我一会儿就到了! I’ll be there in a second!

April 10, 2018
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