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I use hands to eat.

July 1, 2017

In English, we use the English structure"Do an action by using ..." For example:

I eat it with hands.

We go there by bus.

You pay it with a credit card.

 

In Mandarin, we will use the mandarin structure"Use .... to do an action". The correct mandarin way to say the example sentences:

I use hands to eat (it).

We take bus to go there.

You use credit card to pay (it).

 

Here is a mistake of a student.He wrote:

Can I pay by credit card?

Wǒ kěyǐ zhīfù yòng xìnyòngkǎ?

我可以支付用信用卡

 

The correct sentence : Can I use credit card pay?

Wǒ kěyǐ yòng xìnyòngkǎ zhīfù ma?

我可以用信用卡支付吗?

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