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How to say bus in Cantonese?

Have you ever taken a bus in Hong Kong?  Double-decker buses in Hong Kong are really famous, and especially rare in Asia.  In this lesson, you will learn how to say bus in Cantonese.

Bus in Cantonese: 巴士 [baa1 si2]

Bus in Cantonese is 巴士 [baa1 si2].  It is a loanword from ‘Bus’ in English.

daap3 soeng1 cang4 baa1 si2 hou2 zeng3 aa3!

搭雙層巴士好正啊!

Taking a double-decker bus is awesome!

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateParticle
Part of speechClauseAdverbAdjectiveParticle
Words in sentence搭雙層巴士

 

Subject of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speech/VerbNoun
Words in sentence/雙層巴士

nei5 daap3 gwo3 hoeng1 gong2 ge3 baa1 si2 mei6 aa3?

你搭過香港嘅巴士未啊?

Have you ever taken buses in Hong Kong before?

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicatePredicative suffixObjectParticles
Part of speechNounVerbPredicative suffixNounParticles
Words in sentence香港嘅巴士未; 啊

Predicative suffix(謂詞詞尾)過 [gwo3] indicates the subject had an experience of doing something in Cantonese.  Read Unit 1 Lesson 10 to learn more.

Subject of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier香港
Head巴士

fu6 gan6 jau5 mou5 baa1 si2 zaam6 aa3?

附近有冇巴士站啊?

Is there any bus stop nearby?

Composite sentences

Type of composite sentenceCompound sentences
ComponentsSentence 1Sentence 2Particle
True valueTrueFalseParticle
Words in sentence附近有冇巴士站

 

Sentence 1 of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speechNounVerbClause
Words in sentence附近(巴士站)

 

Sentence 2 of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speechNounVerbClause
Words in sentence(附近)巴士站

Reference

  1. 粵典。「巴士

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