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汉语语法Chinese Grammar: Prepositions Ⅰ”between”,”among” and “around” (With Drills)

between

Video Instruction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ij9-0dQ54b0

之间 zhījiān

两餐之间  between meals    liǎng cān zhījiān

两种选择之间  between the two choices    liàngzhǒng xuǎnzé zhījiān

他们之间  between them    tāmen zhījiān

*他们之间的分歧  The differences between them    tāmen zhījiān de fēnqí

我和哥哥之间  between my brother and me    wǒ hé gēge zhījiān

*我和哥哥之间的争论  the dispute between my brother and me    wǒ hé gēge zhījiān de zhēnglùn

Translation Drill

1. This is a question between the old and the young.

 

2. The express runs every day between Beijing and Shanghai.

 

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among

中/之中/当中 zhōng/zhīzhōng/dāngzhōng

树林  among the trees     shùlín zhōng

千个  among thousands    qiān ge zhōng

*千个的一个  one among thousands    qiān ge zhōng de yí ge

成年人  among adults    chéngnián rén zhōng

*坐在成年人  sitting among adults    zuò zài chéngniánrén zhōng

Translation Drill

1. They walked among the crowds in Red Square.

 

2. She lives in that house among the trees.

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 around周围  zhōuwéi

伤口周围  around the wound    shāngkǒu zhōuwéi

苹果树周围  around the apple tree    píngguǒ shù zhōuwéi

*苹果树周围的泥土 the earth around the apple tree    píngguǒ shù zhōuwéi de nítǔ

周围  around her    tā zhōuwéi

*她周围所有的人 All around her    tā zhōuwéi suǒyǒu de rén

Translation Drill

1. I saw her hacking around the building.

 

2. They sat down around the stove, smoking and cracking jokes.

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