The verbs section is arranged differently than the other vocabulary lessons on this site. Instead of arranging words in terms of a theme, they will be arranged according to the type of object which they take.
The following verbs can take either a Noun Phrase or a Sentence as its object. In some cases the sentences can be viewed as a NP direct object followed by a VP as an object complement. If these verbs appear without an object in the sentence, an object must be understood from the context. The first selection is the verb by itself or with a default object, the second and third are the verb and an NP object, and the fourth and fifth selections are the verb and a sentence object.
jian4 means "to see", not to watch.
jiao4 is a very versatile verb. It is used to mean "to call" in the sense of "call something a name", "call out to someone", and also "call someone over". It also is used to mean "tell someone or ask someone to do something".
wen4 , when taking a sentence as an object, always takes an interrogative (question) sentence.
xi3 huan1 can mean to "prefer" as well as "to like".
can often be ambiguous. It can mean "to want", "to need", "to require".
At times it is ambiguous. The default meaning should be "to need" since there
are unambiguous ways of expressing the other meanings.
It is also alternately read with the fourth tone, depending on how it is being used.
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