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PINYIN 'le': Use of the Character 'Le'

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LiamMan

Hi, I am confused over when to use the character 'le' in sentences. I now it represents a change in situation but I have seen examples using it which don't seem to follow this.

 

For example: 'I went to England in March'. Is translated to: 'wo(3) san(1)yue(4) qu(4) le Ying(1)guo(2)'

 

But I don't see where the 'le' come in can anyone help?

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edelweis

hi, please be aware that "le" has several usages.

Generally when "le" is at the end of a sentence, it expresses a change of situation.

But when "le" is in the middle of a sentence, immediately following the verb, it generally expresses something that happened in the past (so it finished in the past) . I think that's the case in your example.

There are other nuances too. "le" is probably the most complex particle in the Chinese language.

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L-F-J

It simply indicates past tense here.

 

Without it, it would say "I'm going" to England in March. With it, it changes to "I went" to England in March.

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