Main Site Blog Help

How do you best express conditionality?


#1

What’s the best way to express conditionality in Mandarin? Is there a difference in usage or connotation between ru2guo3 and yao4shi4, both of which are usually translated “if”? Is there a Mandarin equivalent of the subjunctive? Does Mandarin distinguish between what we in English call the first, second and third conditionals?


#2

You might find this blog useful as well as this Qing Wen from Chinese on using ruguo…de hua sentences.

https://chinesepod.com/lessons/two-iffy-words

http://www.mmmandarin.com/blog/conjunction-如果-ru2guo3-and-conditional-clauses-chinese


#3

Xie4xie! Ji4 hen3 shi2yong4 you4 hen3 kaui4.