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Where to put the 了

Posted by xiaophil May 19, 2011 in the Group I Have a Question.

Okay it is everyone's favorite: another 了 placement question.

First, where would I put a 了 in the following instance if I want to indicate past tense (or completion of an action as it is sometimes referred to)?

我试图买一台新电脑。

Do I put the 了 after the 试图 or the 买?

Second, if 给 is used as a verb, can 了 follow it?

For example: 我给了他五百块。

I'm guessing I can, but because 给 is usually a preposition, I somehow feel weird putting a 了 after it.

Thanks!

 

 

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