Auxiliary Verbs (AV)

Auxiliary verbs (also known as modal verbs) are used in the same way as in English, i.e. immediately preceding the verb they help modify. Adverb precedes the auxiliary verb, not the main verb.

S Adverb AV V O
zhānɡwěi yào mǎi dōnɡxi.
张伟 东西。

Zhang Wei wants to buy things.

fēichánɡ xiǎnɡ měiɡuó.
非常 美国。

She wants to go to the U.S. very much.

huì zìxínɡchē.
自行车。

I am unable to ride a bicycle.

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