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Le (了) Doesn’t Just ‘Mean’ The Past Tense: How To Use Le in Chinese

  • Luke Truman

    Hey Chris, is it used in a similar way in Cantonese or are there any differences?

    • Hi Luke, that’s a good question. 了 is used mainly in Mandarin and written Chinese, you might hear it in Cantonese, but usually only in a more literary setting or in fixed more literary expressions. Cantonese has a similar aspect marker which can often refer to events in the past, 咗 which you might know about already. I think its usage is similar, but I don’t want to say exactly the same.

  • Jacques

    Tài bàng le !