How to say gift in Cantonese

How to say gift in Cantonese?

Christmas is coming.  Have you prepared gifts for your friend yet?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say gift in Cantonese.

Gift in Cantonese: 禮物 [lai5 mat6]

Gift in Cantonese is 禮物 [lai5 mat6].

禮 [lai5] means ‘ritual, ceremony or custom’ and 物 [mat6] means ‘thing’.  Therefore, the combination of these two words means “something to be used in ritual, ceremony or custom”.  Easy right?

ngo5 maai5 zo2 fan6 lai5 mat6 bei2 nei5 aa3.

我買咗份禮物畀你啊。

I have bought a gift for you.

Type of sentence structurePredicative-complement
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateComplementParticle
Part of speechNounClauseClauseParticle
Words in sentence買咗份禮物畀你
Predicate of the sentence
Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicatePredicative suffixObject
Part of speech/VerbPredicative suffixNoun
Words in sentence/份禮物
Object of that sentence
Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier
Head禮物
Complement of the sentence
Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speech/VerbNoun
Words in sentence/

nei5 soeng2 jiu3 me1 saang1 jat6 lai5 mat6 aa3?

你想要咩生日禮物啊?

What kind of birthday gift do you want?

Types of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAuxiliary verbClauseParticle
Words in sentence要咩生日禮物

咩 [me1], 乜 [mat1] and 乜嘢 [mat1 je5] are interrogative pronouns(疑問代詞)with identical meaning.  To learn more about using these interrogative pronouns, please refer to Unit 8 Lesson 1.

Object of the sentence
Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speech/VerbNoun
Words in sentence/咩生日禮物
Object of that sentence
Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier
Head生日禮物

ngo5 sing4 jat6 sung3 lai5 mat6 bei2 ngo5 di1 pang4 jau5.

我成日送禮物畀我啲朋友。

I always give out gifts to my friends.

Type of sentence structurePredicative-complement
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateComplement
Part of speechNounNounClauseClause
Words in sentence成日送禮物畀我啲朋友
Predicate of the sentence
Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speech/VerbNoun
Words in sentence/禮物
Complement of the sentence
Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speech/VerbNoun
Words in sentence/我啲朋友
Object of that sentence
Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier我啲
Head朋友

FAQs

How to say gift in Cantonese?

Gift in Cantonese is 禮物 [lai5 mat6].

Reference

  1. 粵典。「禮物

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