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How to say want in Cantonese?
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How to say want in Cantonese?

Have you ever been to a restaurant where waiters there do not speak English at all?  Can you ask for what you want in Cantonese in such scenario?  In this lesson, you will learn how to say want in Cantonese.

Want in Cantonese: 想 [soeng2]

Auxiliary verb(助動詞) 想 [soeng2] means want in Cantonese.

ngo5 soeng2 sik6 min6 aa3

我想食麵啊。

I want to eat noodle.

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAuxiliary verbClauseParticle
Words in sentence食麵

 

Auxiliary verb(助動詞)想 [soeng2] has to use a clause(分句)as its object.  To learn more about auxiliary verb, you may refer to Unit 1 Lesson 6.

Object of that sentence

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

 

ngo5 soeng2 sik6 hou2 mei6 ge3 dim2 sam1 aa3

我想食好好味嘅點心啊。

I want to eat delicious Dim Sum.

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAuxiliary verbClauseParticle
Words in sentence食好好味嘅點心

 

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObject
Part of speech/VerbNoun
Words in sentence/好好味嘅點心

 

嘅 [ge3] can be used in subordination(偏正式)to describe a noun.

Object of that sentence
Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier好好味
Head點心

 

ngo5 soeng2 hai2 go2 gaan1 caan1 teng1 dou6 sik6 ce1 zai2 min6 aa3

我想喺嗰間餐廳度食車仔麵啊。

I want to eat cart noodle in that restaurant.

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAuxiliary verbClauseParticle
Words in sentence喺嗰間餐廳度食車仔麵

 

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structure Predicative expression in series
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicate 1Object 1Predicate 2Object 2
Part of speech/PrepositionNounVerbNoun
Words in sentence/嗰間餐廳度車仔麵

 

Preposition 喺[hai2] can be used in predicative expression in series(連謂式)to indicate the location for an action to take place.  To learn more about preposition 喺[hai2], you may refer to Unit 3 Lesson 2.

Object 1 of that sentence

Type of sentence structureSubordination
Modifier嗰間餐廳
Head

 

ngo5 soeng2 tung4 nei5 jat1 cai4 daa2 gei1 aa3

我想同你一齊打機啊。

I want to play computer games with you.

Type of sentence structurePredicative-object
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicateObjectParticle
Part of speechNounAuxiliary verbClauseParticle
Words in sentence同你一齊打機

 

Object of that sentence

Type of sentence structure Predicative expression in series
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicate 1Object 1Adverbial 2Predicate 2Object 2
Part of speech/PrepositionNounAdverbVerbNoun
Words in sentence/一齊

Reference

  1. 粵典。「想

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. 我想喺加拿大或澳洲買層獨立屋, 跟住可以安心噉生活!

    1. 希望你嘅願望成真啦!

  2. Last sentence: I thought 打機 was „to play computer games“ rather than „to eat dessert“ (食甜品). If it can have both meanings, I‘d be happy if you could elaborate on that.

    1. 你好啊Matt! Yes it was a typo. 打機 means “to play computer games” and 食甜品/ 糖水 means “to eat dessert”. Thank you for telling us about that!

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