在 (zài) Suffixed to Verbs

Previously, we introduced 在 expressing an action in progress. In this lesson, we will learn the structure “Verb + 在 + Place Word”, meaning “some action took place somewhere”. The most common Verbs where 在 acts as a verb-suffix are: 坐zuò (to sit), 站zhàn (to stand), 住zhù (to live in), 睡shuì (to sleep), 躺tǎng (to lie down), 放fàng (to put), 挂guà (to hang), 写xiě (to write), 生shēng (to be born).

S TW V PW
chūshēng zài zhōngguó.
出生 中国。

I was born in China.

yǐqián zhù zài xī’ān.
以前 西安。

He used to live in Xi'an.

nǐdeshū fàng zài nǎlǐ?
你的书 哪里?

Where is your book?

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