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Getting started with Chinese 2
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6 Emphatic dōu in statements

Note that when talking about something that happens frequently, dōu (all) normally follows the time expression (e.g. tiāntiān 天天 every day) to emphasise its frequency. Again, the whole phrase must be placed before the verb.

Table 1 dōu used in statements
Tāmen tiāntiān dōu kàn diànshì
他们 天天 电视。


lit. they every day all watch TV (They watch TV every day.)

Activity 6

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Where is dōu placed within a sentence? Write down your conclusion in your notebook and then reveal the answer.


dōu must be placed straight before the verb in a sentence.