连 Even – Part Two

In the last lesson, we have introduced two ways of using 连. In this lesson, we will continue to learn more structures containing 连. As well, in these structures, 连 adds a meaning of emphasis.

Topic S NU-M Phrase 都…
qiánbāolǐ lián yíkuàiqián dōu méiyǒu.
钱包里 一块钱 都 没有。

There is not even 1 yuan in the wallet.

gāngdào zhōngguó, lián yíjù hànyǔ dōu búhuì shuō.
刚到 中国, 一句 汉语 都 不会 说。

I can’t even speak one sentence in Chinese when I first came to China.

zuótiān gǎnmàole, lián yìdiǎn’r dōngxi dōu bùxiǎng chī.
昨天 感冒了, 一点儿 东西 都 不想 吃。

I had a cold yesterday, so I don't even want to eat anything.

Not only …, but even …

Topic 不但… 连… 都/也…
zhèjiā xiǎoshāngdiàn
dōngxi hěnquán,
búdàn mài kāfēi hé chá, lián nǎilào yěmài.
这家小商店 东西很全, 不但 卖 咖啡和茶, 连 奶酪 也卖。

This shop has a satisfactory variety of goods. It not only sells coffee and tea, but also sells cheese.

zhège xiǎoqū tàibù ānquánle, búdàn méiyǒu bǎoān, lián jiānkòngqì yě méiyǒu.
这个小区 太不 安全了, 不但 没有 保安, 连 监控器 也 没有。

This community is not safe. It has neither public security, nor monitoring.

nàgèmíngxīng
hěnshòu huānyíng,
búdàn niánqīngrén xǐhuantā, lián dàshū dàmā yěshì tāde fěnsī.
那个明星 很受 欢迎, 不但 年轻人 喜欢他, 连 大叔大妈 也是他的粉丝。

That star is very popular. Not only young people like him, but uncles and aunts are his fans.

Not even the very basic/minimum expected.

Topic S V 不/没...
wǒxiǎng gěitā dàoqiàn, (kěshì) tā lián tīng dōu bùtīng.
我想 给她 道歉, (可是) 她 不听。

I want to apologize to her, but she wouldn't listen to me.

zhège wèntí, lián xiǎng dōu méixiǎng,
jiù huídá chūláile.
这个问题, 没想,
就 回答 出来了。

She answered this question even without thinking.

zhàngfu huāle hěnchángshíjiān gěi qīzi zuòfàn, (kěshì) tā lián cháng dōu méicháng.
丈夫 花了 很长时间 给 妻子 做饭, (可是) 她 没尝。

The husband spent a long time cooking for his wife, but she didn't even taste it.

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