Chinese for Tomorrow, Volume 1, Grammar Book

Chinese for Tomorrow, Volume 1, Grammar Book

A New Five-Skilled Approach

This Companion Grammar Book to Chinese for Tomorrow, Volume 1 systematically explains the basic grammatical principles of Mandarin Chinese. Based on a step-by-step progression, and published separately from the textbook in order to give students and teachers more flexibility, this book fulfills the basic grammar requirement for a first-year course in Chinese.

Grammar Book Features:

  • A general overview of Chinese grammar, followed by ten lessons that comprise the main text.
  • Presents new grammar structures in the form of sentence patterns, which makes learning Chinese grammar easy and practical. Examples are given for affirmative, negative, and interrogative sentences.
  • Includes selected sample sentences from the textbook, with cross-references to where the structure is covered in the textbook.
  • Exercises at the end of each grammar book lesson present conversational situations similar to those in the textbook, but allow students to practice new grammar structures with familiar vocabulary.
  • Includes answer keys.
  • Each lesson explains the most basic grammar items selected from the Level A Grammar Program of the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) Chinese Proficiency Test Program.
  • Can be used by students of other textbooks since the grammar points discussed in the book are fundamental grammar points all learners are expected to know.


Cheng & Tsui
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8.5 x 11
Table of Contents
Abbreviations for Grammar Terms
A Brief Introduction to Chinese Grammar
第一课/第一課 Lesson 1
I.   Sentences with 是 2
II.  Questions with 吗/嗎 6
III. Sentences with 有 8
IV.  Cardinal Numbers under 100 12
V.   Measure Words 16
第二课/第二課 Lesson 2
I.   A-not-A Questions 26
II.  Usage of Adjectives 30
III. The Adverb 都 34
IV.  Sentences with 在 40
V.   Ordinal Numbers 48
VI. Questions with 好吗/好嗎 or 对不对/對不對 48
Exercises 52
第三课/第三課 Lesson 3
I.   Telling Time 58
II.  Years, Months, Dates and Weekdays 62
III. Time Words 68
IV.  Numbers 68
V.   Money Expressions 70
VI. The Particle 呢 72
Exercises 76
第四课/第四課 Lesson 4
I.   Question Words 82
II.  Topic-Comment Sentences 84
III. Pivotal Sentences 86
IV.  The Particle 吧 88
V.   Usage of 的 92
VI.  Alternative Questions with (是)……还是/(是)……還是 98
Exercises 100
第五课/第五課 Lesson 5
I.   The Particle 得 106
II.  Auxiliary Verbs 能, 会/會 and 可以 112
III. Auxiliary Verbs 要 and 想 120
IV.  Auxiliary Verbs 得 and 应该/應該 124
V.   Imperative Sentences 128
Exercises 130
第六课/第六課 Lesson 6
I.   The Particle 了 136
II.  Rhetorical Questions 148
III. The Particle 地 148
IV.  Sentences with 是……的 152
V.   The Conjunction 因为……所以/因為……所以 160
Exercises 162
第七课/第七課 Lesson 7
I.   Past Experience with 过/過 168
II.  Changes in the Near Future with 了 174
III. Progressive Aspect or Ongoing Action 178
IV.  A Continued Action or Situation with 着/著 184
V.   Simultaneous Actions with 一边……一边/一邊……一邊 190
Exercises 192
第八课/第八課 Lesson 8
I.   Comparisons 198
II.  Questions with 多 212
III. Complement of Result 212
IV.  Simple Directional Complements 218
V.   The Adverb 就 for Emphasis 222
Exercises 226
第九课/第九課 Lesson 9
I.   Duration of Time 232
II.  Complement of Frequency 238
III. Compound Directional Complements 242
IV.  The Conjunction 一…就 252
V.   The Conjunction 不但……而且 252
Exercises 254
第十课/第十課 Lesson 10
I.   Potential Complements 260
II.  Reduplication of Verbs 268
III. 把 Sentences 274
IV.  被 Sentences 276
V.   The Conjunction 连……都/也/連……都/也 280
VI. The Conjunction 虽然……但是/雖然……但是 or 虽然……可是/雖然……可是 284
练习答案/練習答案 Key to Exercises
Index of Grammar Points
About the Series

Typing Chinese involves entering pinyin, the romanized sounds for Chinese syllables, and then selecting the correct character. Learning accurate pinyin is crucial to speaking Chinese well, and in Chinese for Tomorrow, pinyin keyboarding forms the basis of a new learning method that lets learners use the language in a practical and engaging way very early on in their studies. The authors’ extensive field testing at New York University and elsewhere indicates that students using the Computer Chinese method learn Chinese characters more quickly, have better retention, and write more effective compositions than students learning by traditional methods. The Computer Chinese method is additionally useful for students who will take the new AP Chinese test, which requires computer interaction.

Chinese for Tomorrow treats computer input and handwriting instruction as complementary modes. Computer input forms an integral part of the first year of study (Volume 1), while handwriting is introduced more gradually and is more intensive in the second year (Volume 2). Textbooks are available in traditional or simplified character editions, and grammar books contain both traditional and simplified characters on facing pages.

In total, this course is projected to cover two years of study through a textbook with practice exercises, a companion grammar book, and online supplements. Each textbook and its companion Grammar Book are designed to cover one year of study at the high school or college level, when used together as part of a comprehensive course covering listening, speaking, reading, writing, and computer input. Within the textbook, concise explanations of language points help students grasp and use the language immediately as they encounter new words and phrases. The grammar book uses detailed explanations to help students gain a deeper knowledge and analytical understanding of the grammatical, phonological, and pragmatic systems of the language. This two-pronged approach to language learning frees students to focus on the most natural, relevant and interesting language in the textbook, while providing a structured, step-by-step program for mastering grammar in the grammar book.

About the Chinese for Tomorrow Series

Chinese for Tomorrow is a two-year Mandarin language series that integrates computer input of Chinese as both a fifth language skill and a practical tool to make the process of learning Chinese more efficient, effective, and rewarding. The complete Chinese for Tomorrow course includes a student textbook with practice exercises, a companion grammar book, a teacher’s manual, and online supplements for each year of study. The series includes two volumes—one volume for each year of study. Volume 1 and Volume 2 are now available.