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How to say hungry in Cantonese?
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How to say hungry in Cantonese?

It is tea time again!  Do you feel hungry?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say hungry in Cantonese.

Hungry in Cantonese: 肚餓 [tou5 ngo6]

Adjective(形容詞) 肚餓 [tou5 ngo6] means hungry in Cantonese.

ngo5 hou2 tou5 ngo6 aa3!

我好肚餓啊!

I am very hungry!

Types of sentence structureSubject-predicate
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbAdjectiveParticle
Words in sentence肚餓

Particle(助詞) 啊 [aa3] is used for soften a sentence.  It always sounds much more natural to use a particle than omitting one in Cantonese.  To learn more about particle 啊 [aa3], please refer to Unit 12 Lesson 1.

jan1 wai6 ngo5 sing4 jat6 dou1 mou5 sik6 je5,ji1 gaa1 hou2 tou5 ngo6 aa3。

因為我成日都冇食嘢,依家好肚餓啊。

Because I haven’t eaten anything for whole day, I am very hungry right now.

Composite sentences

Type of composite sentenceCompound sentences
ComponentsSentence 1Sentence 2
True valueTrueTrue
Words in sentence因為我成日都冇食嘢依家好肚餓啊

Conjunction(連詞) 因為 [jan1 wai6] means because in Cantonese.  To learn more about using 因為 [jan1 wai6] and other conjunctions, read Unit 6 Lesson 5.

Sentence 1 of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceConjunctionSubjectAdverbialPredicateObject
Part of speechConjunctionNounNoun; AdverbAuxiliary verbClause
Words in sentence因為成日; 都食嘢

 

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speech/VerbNoun
Words in sentence/

 

Sentence 2 of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateParticle
Part of speech/AdverbAdjectiveParticle
Words in sentence/依家; 好肚餓

 

nei5 tou5 m4 tou5 ngo6 aa3?

你肚唔肚餓啊?

Are you hungry?

Composite sentences

Type of composite sentenceCompound sentences
ComponentsSentence 1Sentence 2
True valueTrueFalse
Words in sentence你肚唔肚餓啊

 

Sentence 1 of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateParticle
Part of speechNounAdjectiveParticle
Words in sentence肚(餓)(啊)

 

Sentence 2 of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbAdjectiveParticle
Words in sentence(你)肚餓

Hungry in Cantonese: 餓 [ngo6]

Apart from 肚餓 [tou5 ngo6], adjective 餓 [ngo6] also means hungry in Cantonese.

ngo5 hou2 ngo6 aa3!

我好餓啊!

I am very hungry!

Types of sentence structureSubject-predicate
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbAdjectiveParticle
Words in sentence

nei5 ngo6 m4 ngo6 aa3?

你餓唔餓啊?

Are you hungry?

Composite sentences

Type of composite sentenceCompound sentences
ComponentsSentence 1Sentence 2
True valueTrueFalse
Words in sentence你餓唔餓啊

 

Sentence 1 of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateParticle
Part of speechNounAdjectiveParticle
Words in sentence(啊)

 

Sentence 2 of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubject-predicative
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbAdjectiveParticle
Words in sentence(你)

Reference

  1. 粵典。「肚餓
  2. 粵典。「餓

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