Below is a list of sentences. Some might be a bit strange, but I would like to hear a way to mend them using only 在着了 and other such particles (i.e. no time words and other adverbs).

Is my translation right?

  1. 墙上挂一幅画。-"Picture hangs on the wall" as a rule, usuall it does.
  2. 墙上在挂一幅画。- "Picture is being hang on the wall", the process of hanging is not yet over.
  3. 墙上挂着一幅画。- "Picture is hanging on the wall", as a result of being hanged in (3).
  4. 墙上挂了一幅画。- "Picture IS hanging", i.e. the picture is indeed as a fact reality is hanging there.
  5. 墙上挂着了一幅画。 - ??? i'm stuck here...
  • 3✓,5✗:feeding doubtful sections to online dictionaries (example part) may help, e.g. 着了 very doubtful to users, grammar, e.g."实用现代汉语语法" on aspect particles 动态助词,了、着、过 say 过 and 了 can be combined, but nothing about combining 着 with 了, online can find examples of 着了, zhaole,灯着了(the light is on), 4:挂了 was hung up, (see dictionaries on other meanings of 挂了),1,2 sound unusual
    – user6065
    Nov 28, 2017 at 16:02

3 Answers 3



Just a neutral description and the meaning is context-dependent


Your translation is correct



I don't see any difference.Both means "A picture is hanging on the wall"


This is gramatically incorrect and doesn't make any sense


Maybe you want to say:

The picture was hung on the wall. (We are not interested in 'by whom')

PS: 2. "The picture is being hung on the wall"


To me:

  1. 墙上挂一幅画 sounds like a incomplete sentence.
  2. 墙上挂着一幅画: The picture is hanging on the wall.
  3. 墙上挂了一幅画: The picture was hung on the wall. // indicating completion
  4. 墙上在挂一幅画 sounds incorrect, because the subject(a person) should not be omitted in this case. It should be like: 有人正在往墙上挂一幅画.
  5. 墙上挂着了一幅画: this sentence is incorrect. It should be either 墙上挂了一幅画 or 墙上挂了一幅画.

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