Out of energy! ><

Posted: February 7, 2011 in Practical Chinese, Sentence structures
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I just wanted to share a great little sentence pattern I picked up today. 

Verb + 不动 + 了 means “I can’t perform x anymore.”  For instance, 我跑不动了 (I can’t run anymore) or 我爬不动了 (I can’t climb anymore).

The implication of 不动了 is that the speaker has run out of energy, or is too tired to perform the verb.  

The inclusion of 不动 is therefore exceptionally vivid – the speaker is so exhausted that they (if the Hanzi are read literally) cannot move!

了 indicates that the state has recently changed, and that the lack of energy/onset of tiredness has just hit home.

So, having written all of that – I’m pretty tired too.  It must be time to 睡觉!



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