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I'm quite confused with using 在 in a sentence. I learned that it usually indicates a place or a location. I'm trying to say "I also live here". I thought that since I'm referring to a place, maybe I will need to use 在. But when I remove it, the sentence sounds correct as well. Which sentence would be more appropriate?

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Welcome to Chinese SE Daphne! –  trideceth12 Feb 12 '13 at 6:33
    
But in speaking Chinese, we like to remove anything that don't necessarily have to be there. I prefer 我也住這裡 personally. –  Shane Hsu Feb 13 '13 at 9:07
    
In northern China, people would say "我也住这儿" –  Mike Manilone Feb 14 '13 at 8:00
    
我也住在这里 or 我也住这里 Both correct. –  user2538 Feb 26 '13 at 5:21
    
i think they are same meaning! –  user2143085 Mar 7 '13 at 7:01
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Actually both sentences means the same, but when you try to breakdown each word meaning, it should be like:

  • 我 - 也 - 住 - - 這裡: I - also - live - in - here.
  • 我 - 也 - 住 - 這裡: I - also - live - here.

The last sentence lack of preposition but it still able to understood and looks like less formal.

Btw, the sentence should be constructed like S O V, and it should be like: 我也在這裡住, isn't it? But when the order like this, I think you can't omit 在.

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When you study and speak Chinese, remember one thing: There is no such thing as grammar in Chinese. If you want to speak Chinese fluently, forget all about grammar.

So in this problem, "我也住在这里"="我也住这里". They are identical! Which one you like, you use which one. No Chinese will blame you for using one but not another. (I am a Chinese, believe me)

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no such thing as grammar in chinese? false and unhelpful. –  Stumpy Joe Pete Feb 14 '13 at 16:33
    
You speak as if you know Chinese more than a Chinese. –  Zhou Heng Feb 17 '13 at 4:12
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Maybe you're confused about what "grammar" means. Chinese lacks conjugation, declension, and agreement, but to say there is "no such thing as grammar in Chinese" is patently false. –  Stumpy Joe Pete Feb 17 '13 at 5:41
    
@ZhouHeng 你语文没学好吧。 –  shuangwhywhy Mar 7 '13 at 14:24
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Grammatically 在 is required.

Unlike in English 'here' is an adverb which can follow verb directly, in Chinese 这里 is a pronoun, in order to construct a V-O phrase, there must be a preposition in between.

In colloquial language, people often omit 在, so it's also understood and appropriate, just less formal.

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