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NO OOPS | The differences between "yo" and "hu"





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Welcome to "NO OOPS". Last time we discussed the differences between "(yo)", "(xing)" and "(xingyo)".

Today we would like to share the differences between "(yo)" and "(hu)"

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Firstly, "(yo)" and "(hu)" have different meanings.


"(yo)" often means "to want".

For example:


"(hu)" indicates "can" (the ability to do something)

For instance,


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However, they both have additional meanings that can cause some confusion. With this other meaning both can be used to talk about the future

Lets look at the following two sentences:

Here both sentences mean, "It will rain tonight.".

But the sentence with "" indicate "it might rain tonight.", which means the speaker is not entirely sure whether it will rain or not. 

However, the sentence with indicates it will rain with certainty.


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In contrast, when negative "" means a definite "will not".

For example:

We do not use "" to indicate "will not".


"" can be combine with "" as a structure "..." to indicate something is going to happen.

For instance:

For example

,

They all mean "The plane is going to take off, hurry up!


However, if there is an adverbial of time in the sentence, only ... can be used.

Here are some examples:


Now its your turn!  Post some of your sentences with "(yo)"  and/or "(hu)" in the comments. Our teachers will check the answer for you ASAP.


See you next time!


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