5. Getting News in China

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Hi Erik,

We don’t say 我要报纸买, it not correct in grammar. I
n Chinese, if a verb is used with a noun to express an action, the noun should be put after the verb. In the phrase 买报纸, 买 is a transitive verb and 报纸 is its object.
For the sentence “You can buy the ticket at the train station” which ends with 买 in Chinese, I think the translation is 你可以在车站买。 Here 买 is used as an intransitive verb, it omitted its obeject 票. Or the translation could also be 票可以在车站买。In this case, its structure is a different from above. In grammar, it is actually 票是可以在车站买的。You can see that 票 is used as the subject in this sentence, therefore, it’s ok for 票 to be put before the verb 买. But in the sentence 我要买报纸, the subject is 我 not 报纸, that’s why your sentence doesn’t make sense.

Chloe
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In your example you use, 我要买报纸, wǒ yāo mǎi bàozhǐ, ( I want buy newspaper). Is is also proper to say, 我要报纸买, wǒ yào bàozhǐ mǎi, ( I want newspaper buy)? In an earlier lesson about buying a train ticket at the train station, it was “You can buy the ticket at the train station”, with the 买 ending the sentence. It was similar to this: 你可以票在火车站买, nǐ kěyǐ piào zài huǒchē zhàn mǎi.

Thanks for the clarification.

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