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This is undoubtedly one of the most popular words in Chinese, so getting the hang of it early on should be one of the top priorities of any Chinese learner!

This article will explain to you how to use 也 in Chinese as well as some common mistakes and how to avoid them. 


In this case, 也 (yě) often links verbs or verb phrases in sentences. This pattern can describe that somebody is being or doing the same thing as others.

It has the same meaning as “too” or “also” in English.


Subject + 也 + Verb / [Verb Phrase]

You’ll notice that in Chinese, adverbs ALWAYS precede the verb. So, the adverb 也 (yě) should be inserted after the subject and before the verb phrase. 

xiǎng cān jiā zhè gè pài duì


I also want to go to this party.
tā men shì fǎ guó rén ma


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你也正在学中文吗?nǐ yě zhèng zài xué zhōng wén maAre you also learning Chinese?
我爸爸是老师,我也是老师。wǒ bà bà shì lǎo shī,wǒ yě shì lǎo shīMy father is a teacher and so am I.
这个书包我也很喜欢。zhè gè shū bāo wǒ yě hěn xǐ huānI also like this bag.
这幅油画也很贵。zhè fú yóu huà yě hěn guìThis oil painting is also expensive.
和你一样,她也喜欢跳舞。hé nǐ yī yàng,tā yě xǐ huān tiào wǔLike you, she also likes to dance.


In English, we used to replace the word “too” with “either” in negative sentences, for instance:

A: I don’t like cats. || B: I don’t like cats, either.

While in Chinese, we just need to follow one simple rule: Put the negative part 不 (bù) or 没 (méi)after the adverb 也 (yě) , regardless of whether the sentence is positive (“I like cats too”) or negative (“I don’t like cats either”).

Back to the former example, in Chinese, we can say:

wǒ bù xǐ huān māo。


I don’t like cats.
bù xǐ huān māo。


I don’t like cats, either.
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我也不知道。wǒ yě bú zhī dàoI do not know either.
你也不想参加明晚的派对吗?nǐ yě bú xiǎng cān jiā míng wǎn de pài duì maI don’t want to go to the party tomorrow night, either.
我也不希望这样。wǒ yě bú xī wàng zhè yàngI don’t want that either.
我也没有这本书。wǒ yě méi yǒu zhè běn shūI don’t have this book either.


也 (yě) can also be used with adjectives. Typically, We include an adverb like 很 (hěn) before the adjective:


Subject + 也 (+ Adverb) + Adjective

Note that this sentence pattern is only applicable on informal occasions.

zhè gè wèn tí hěn má fán


This problem is also troublesome.
wǒ juédé zhè gè cān tīng hěn hǎo


I think this restaurant is also very good.
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他也很聪明。tā yě hěn cōng míngHe is also very smart.
这条裙子也很漂亮。zhè tiáo qún zǐ yě hěn piāo liàngThis dress is also very beautiful.
今天天气也很好。jīn tiān tiān qì yě hěn hǎoToday’s weather is fine too.
小狗很可爱,小猫也很可爱。xiǎo gǒu hěn kě ài,xiǎo māo yě hěn kě àiThe puppies are cute and so are the kittens.

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How do you say “too” and “also” in Chinese?

The most common way to say “too” and “also” in Chinese is 也 (yě).

This character can mean both “too” and “also,” but isn’t always uses the same as in English!

Make sure to learn some of the most important grammar rules regarding 也.

What is the 也 structure in Chinese?

There are two common 也 (yě) structures in Chinese:

— Verb Phrases: Subj. + 也 + Verb / [Verb Phrase]

— Adjectives: Subj. + 也 (+ Adv.) + Adj.

How do you make a negative 也 sentence?

In Chinese, you just need to follow one simple rule to make a 也 sentence negative:

Put the negative part 不 (bù) or 没(méi) after the adverb 也 (yě).

What are some example sentences with 也?

— 我也想参加这个派对。wǒ yě xiǎng cān jiā zhè gè pài duì // I also want to go to this party.

— 我也不知道。wǒ yě bú zhī dào // I do not know either.

— 这个问题也很麻烦。zhè gè wèn tí yě hěn má fán // This problem is also troublesome.

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