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What is the difference between "他昨天來的" and "他昨天來了"?
asked Jan 26, 2018 in Questions about Chinese Grammar by admin (23,690 points)

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In the sentence 他昨天來了 (tā zuó tiān lái le/ He came yesterday), the "Verb-LE (了)" structure is employed in order to assert a realized event. On the other hand,  the "Modifier-DE (的)" structure in 他昨天來的 (tā zuó tiān lái de/ He came yesterday) presumes the action to be true and asserts the time in which the action occurred. 

answered Jan 26, 2018 by admin (23,690 points)
edited Apr 25, 2018 by admin
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