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Making Sense of Grammar
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Note that 往 can be pronounced wKng or wàng. 向 and 往 are often interchangeable.

外地人:请问,去邮局怎么走?

Wài dì rén :qǐng wèn ,qù yóu jú zěn me zǒu ?

Out-of-towner: Excuse me, how do I get to the post offi ce?

本地人:你先往前走两、三分钟,再往右拐,就到了。

Běn dì rén :nǐ xiān wǎng qián zǒu liǎng 、sān fèn zhōng ,zài wǎng yòu guǎi ,jiù dào le 。

Local person: Go straight ahead for two or three minutes, turn right, and you will be

there.

他往屋子里看了半天,没看到一个人。

Tā wǎng wū zǐ lǐ kàn le bàn tiān ,méi kàn dào yī gè rén 。

He looked (towards) inside the house for quite a while and didn’t see anybody.

[1] Yip, P. C., Rimmington, D., Xiaoming, Z., & Henson, R. (2009). Basic Chinese: a grammar and workbook. Taylor & Francis.
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