Grammar Point: For a Moment


In Mandarin, anytime you wish to express that an action taking place will happen “for a moment” or “briefly, you can add “一下” yí xià after the verb. This also softens the tone a little bit, making it more polite. For example, if you say 让开!(ràng kāi), you are rather brusquely telling someone to get out of the way, but if you say “让一下” you are saying something more like “Could I get through?”

Here are 5 examples using verbs you’ve already learned:


Here are some examples that are also very common:


Remember, grammar points can be fun to learn, but don’t stress about them too much. If you understand it, just see if you notice it when reading or listening, that’s where the real acquisition will happen. 加油!