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Making Sense of Grammar
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When expressing spatial position relationships, we often use ourselves as a reference point. Therefore, when people or items move towards us, we use 来(lái), otherwise we use 去(qù). For example,

1) 请来我办公室

Qǐng       lái         wǒ    bàngōngshì

Please   come      my      office

‘Please come to my office.’

2) 我要去老师的办公室

Wǒ   yào        qù      lǎoshīde   bàngōngshì

I        will      go to    teacher’s    office

‘I will go to teacher’s office.’
answered Nov 20, 2020 by Mickey (7,400 points)

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