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How to say help in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say help in Cantonese?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say help in Cantonese.

Help in Cantonese: 救命 [gau3 meng6]

Expression 救命 [gau3 meng6] means help in Cantonese.  If you try to understand it literally, it means “to save life”.

This expression is usually used with particle 啊 [aa3].  Read Unit 8 Lesson 5 to learn more about particle 啊 [aa3].

gau3 meng6 aa3!

救命啊!

Help!

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicate
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateParticle
Part of speech/ExpressionParticle
Words in sentence/救命

gau3 meng6 aa3!keoi5 soeng2 koeng4 gaan1 ngo5 aa3!

救命啊!佢想強姦我啊!

Help! He wants to rape me!

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicate
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateParticle
Part of speech/ExpressionParticle
Words in sentence/救命

 

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAuxiliary verbClauseParticle
Words in sentence強姦我

 

Object of that sentence
Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speech/VerbNoun
Words in sentence/強姦

gau3 meng6 aa3!jau5 bin3 taai3 lou2 aa3!

救命啊!有變態佬啊!

Help! A pervert is chasing after me!

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicate
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateParticle
Part of speech/ExpressionParticle
Words in sentence/救命

 

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speech/VerbNounParticle
Words in sentence/變態佬

gau3 meng6 aa3!keoi5 coeng2 zo2 ngo5 go3 sau2 doi2 aa3!

救命啊!佢搶咗我個手袋啊!

Help! He has robbed my purse!

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicate
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateParticle
Part of speech/ExpressionParticle
Words in sentence/救命

 

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicatePredicative suffixObjectParticle
Part of speechNounVerbPredicative suffixNounParticle
Words in sentence我個手袋

Predicative suffix 咗 [zo2] indicates an action has been completed.  Learn more about the grammar of 咗 [zo2] in Cantonese here.

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier我個
Head手袋

Reference

  1. 粵典。「救命

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