Finally, we come to the most general rule about Chinese grammar. One of the joys of studying Chinese is that on the whole it’s a very logical, consistent language. This is very true in Chinese vocabulary, as you can usually see very clearly the logic behind most words. It’s also true in Chinese grammar rules, which tend to be consistent and reusable once you’ve learned them.

One example of this is that Chinese tends to only indicate things once in a sentence. For example, if the time has already been made clear, it doesn’t need to be indicated again. Similarly, the number of a noun only needs to indicated once in most cases. More of these examples crop up as you get further into the language. Try to bear this point in mind and you will often find that you can guess how to say new things with some accuracy.

That rounds up this short list of Chinese grammar rules, which aims to give a very generalized feel for how the language works. If you’d like to get into further, have a browse around this site!