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Mini-Test Answer: 马上(mǎshàng) means at once in Mandarin Chinese

Sep. 11, 2012

Beginner Level 初级 (chūjí)

The right answer for this test is A.

Translation:

           Lily, nǐ zǒu kuài yì diǎn, diànyǐng mǎshàng jiù yào kāishǐ le.
Mary:Lily, 你  走   快   一 点,  电影       马上       就   要   开始 了。

 

          Walk fast, Lily. The movie’s going to start in just a second.

        Lái le lái le, wǒmen jìnqù ba.
Lily:来 了 来 了,我们   进去 吧。

 

        I’m coming, I’m coming! Let’s go in.

Analysis:

This test aims to check your knowledge in the usage of 马上(mǎshàng). It’s a commonly used adverb in Chinese, which means immediately, or at once. For example, we can say “(天)马上就要下雨了(Tiān) mǎshàng jiù yào xià yǔ le. It’s going to rain.”

The word can also be used alone to get across the same meaning as above. For example, if your friend has been waiting for you for half an hour, he/she might be a little bit impatient and ask you to hurry up. In this instance, you can respond with “马上(mǎshàng).”

For Example:

1.         Nǐ gōngzuò zuò wán le ma?
Henry:  你  工作       做   完  了  吗?

 

          Are you finished with your work?

      Mǎshàng.
Tom: 马上。

 

       In a moment.

2.        Lǎoshī mǎshàng jiù yào lái le.
           老师       马上      就  要  来  了。

 

          The teacher is coming in a moment.

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