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Grammar information on ChinesePod and a question about word order/sentence structure.

Posted by doodlemonster1 August 8, 2009 in the Group General Discussion .

I thought I'd just throw this out in the open but I'd really like to see more content on ChinesePod about grammar. I'm not sure what fellow Poddies will think be still being a Newbie myself, I think if I had had more help with grammar, then I might have progressed a bit quicker if I could put the vocab I had picked up into a sentence I could use and construct by myself (as opposed to "memorised"/"set" sentences. But don't get me wrong; there's nothing wrong with learning set phrases.) So all in all, I think ChinesePod do an amazing job covering just about every situation you could come across in your Chinese travels and more! I'd just like to see grammar help/exercises to put these lessons into practice. ^.^

So my other question is about sentence structure. Specifically, sentence structure containing "time phrases". What order would the words go in? Because I think normally (correct me if I'm wrong, I'm still a mere Newbie! lol) it goes Subject - Verb - Object. In other words something like 他 吃 汉堡包 would literally be He eats hamburgers without having to switch anything round. But I heard that sentence order is different when you include time phrases in a sentence? Is that right? Could someone clear this up for me and perhaps give me a general "rule" to use when constructing sentences using time phrases? Thank you! ^.^

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