Chinese Grammar with Rules and Interactive Exercises

Learn and practice Chinese grammar online with MandarinBean.

With hundreds of interactive exercises for beginners through to advanced Chinese learners, you can practice what you have learnt and master the Chinese language. And you will find feedback for every question!

With our explanations, we hope to make the grammar of Chinese a little less intimidating! Here we explain all the important rules in a brief and straight-forward way.

Beginner Grammar

  • Numbers – 数字
  • Money – 钱
  • Expressions about Time – 时间
  • Expressions about Dates and Week – 日期
  • 二(èr) vs 两(liǎng)
  • 几(jǐ) vs 多少(duō shǎo)
  • 不(bù) vs 没(méi)
  • 是(shì) vs 有(yǒu) vs 在(zài)
  • 是…的 (shì…de)
  • 的(de) vs 地(de)
  • 会(huì) vs 能(néng)
  • Wh-question: Interrogative Questions – 疑问句
  • 能(néng) vs 可以(kěyǐ)
  • 了(le)
  • 了(le) vs 过(guò)
  • 一点儿(yìdiǎnr) vs 有点儿(yǒudiǎnr)
  • 吗(ma) vs 呢(ne) vs 吧(ba)
  • 想(xiǎng) vs 要(yào) vs 想要(xiǎngyào)
  • 正在(zhèngzài) vs 正(zhèng) vs 在(zài)
  • 要/快/快要/就要……了(yào/kuài/kuàiyào/jiùyào……le)
  • 着(zhe)
  • Existential Sentences (1) – 存现句 (1)
  • The Verb Reduplication – 动词重叠
  • The Adjective Reduplication – 形容词重叠
  • 从(cóng) vs 离(lí)
  • 给(gěi)
  • Double Objects Sentences – 双宾语句
  • Compound Sentence Patterns (1) – 复句 (1)
  • 还是(háishì) vs 或者(huòzhě)
  • 应该(yīnggāi) vs 该(gāi)
  • 朝(cháo) vs 向(xiàng) vs 往(wǎng)
  • 全(quán) vs 都(dōu)
  • 刚刚(gānggāng) vs 刚才(gāngcái) vs 刚(gāng)
  • 才(cái) vs 就(jiù)
  • Classifiers (1) – 量词 (1)
  • Classifiers (2) – 量词 (2)
  • Classifiers (3) – 量词 (3)
  • Comparative Sentences (1) – 比较句 (1)
  • Comparative Sentences (2) – 比较句 (2)
  • Comparative Sentences (3) – 比较句 (3)
  • Comparative Sentences (4) – 比较句 (4)
  • The Complement of Result (1) – 结果补语 (1)
  • Simple Directional Complement (1) – 简单趋向补语 (1)
  • The State Complement (1) – 状态补语 (1)
  • The Quantitative Complement (1) – 数量补语 (1)

Intermediate Grammar

  • Classifiers (4) – 量词 (4)
  • Classifiers (5) – 量词 (5)
  •  Numbers(2)- 数字(2)
  • The extended uses of interrogative pronouns
  • Approximate number – 概数
  • Serial Verb Sentence 连动句
  • All the uses about 还 (hái)
  • 常常(chángcháng) vs 往往(wǎngwǎng)
  • 常常(chángcháng) vs 经常(jīngcháng) vs 时常(shícháng)
  • The Overlap of quantifiers and quantity – 数量词重叠
  • The Separable words – 离合词
  • 又(yòu) vs 还(hái) vs 再(zài)
  • 一直(yìzhí) vs 总是(zǒngshì) vs 老是(lǎoshì)
  • 左右(zuǒyòu) vs 前后(qiánhòu) vs 上下(shàngxià)
  • 大概(dàgài) vs 大约(dàyuē) vs 恐怕(kǒngpà)
  • Prefixes and Suffixes – 前缀 后缀
  • Rhetorical question – 反问句
  • Pivotal Sentence (1) – 兼语句 (1)
  • Pivotal Sentence (2) – 兼语句 (2)
  • Pivotal Sentence (3) – 兼语句 (3)
  • The Bei-Sentence (1) – 被字句(1)
  • “Ba” Sentence(1)- “把”字句
  • Verb Overlap Construction – 重动句
  • The Complement of Result (2) – 结果补语 (2)
  • Compound Directional Complement (2) – 趋向补语 (2)
  • Complements of Possibility (1) – 可能补语 (1)
  • The Degree Complement (1) – 程度补语(1)
  • The Quantitative Complement (2) – 数量补语(2)
  • Compound Sentence Patterns (2)
  • 越(yuè) …… 越(yuè) …… / 越来越(yuè lái yuè……)
  • 一会儿(yīhuìr) vs 一下(yīxià) vs 一下子(yīxiàzi)
  • 以为(yǐwéi) vs 认为(rènwéi)
  • 跟……一样(gēn…yīyàng) / 像……一样(xiàng…yīyàng)
  • 别的(bié de) vs 另外(lìngwài)
  • Double Negation – 双重否定
  • Order Of Attributives
  • 及时(jíshí) vs 按时(ànshí)
  • 对于(duìyú) vs 关于(guānyú)
  • 经过(jīnɡɡuò) vs 通过(tōnɡɡuò)
  • 本来(běnlái) vs 原来(yuánlái)
  • 几乎(jīhū) vs 差不多(chàbùduō)
  • 却 (què)
  • 渐渐(jiànjiàn) vs 慢慢(mànmàn) vs 逐步(zhúbù) vs 逐渐(zhújiàn)
  • Extended Uses of The Directional Complement(3)- 趋向补语 (3)
  • “Ba” Sentence(2)- “把”字句 (2)
  • The Bei-Sentence (2) – 被字句(2)
  • Existential Sentences (2) – 存现句 (2)
  • Compressed complex sentence – 紧缩复句
  • Compound Sentence Patterns (3)

Advanced grammar

Coming soon (expected in Jan 2022)