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How to say police in Cantonese?

Do you know how to say police in Cantonese with neutral connotation?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say police in Cantonese.

Police in Cantonese: 警察 [ging2 caat3]

Noun(名詞) 警察 [ging2 caat3] means police in Cantonese.

cyun4 hoeng1 gong2 jau5 saam1 maan6 go3 ging2 caat3。

全香港有三萬個警察。

There are 30,000 police officers in Hong Kong.

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speechNounVerbNoun
Words in sentence全香港三萬個警察

 

Subject of that sentence
Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier
Head香港

 

Object of that sentence
Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier三萬個
Head警察

 

nei5 dim2 gaai2 soeng2 zou6 ging2 caat3 aa3?

你點解想做警察啊?

Why do you want to become a police officer?

Type of sentence structurePredicate-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbAuxiliary verbClauseParticle
Words in sentence點解做警察

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.

Object of that sentence

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

nei5 seon3 m4 seon3 hoeng1 gong2 ging2 caat3 aa3?

你信唔信香港警察啊?

Do you trust the Hong Kong Police?

Composite sentences

Type of composite sentenceCompound sentences
ComponentsSentence 1Sentence 2
True valueTrueFalse
Words in sentence你信唔信香港警察啊

This question is an affirmative-negative question(正反問句).  Read Unit 8 Lesson 4 to learn more.

Sentence 1 of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounVerbNounParticle
Words in sentence(香港警察)(啊)

 

Sentence 2 of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectAdverbialPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAdverbVerbNounParticle
Words in sentence(你)香港警察

Reference

  1. 粵典。「警察

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