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If I am trying to convey to someone that I still have much to learn. The first thought that came to my mind was, “我还有很多要学习了” But I am unsure if the 要...了 structure is necessary. Without it the sentence literally means "I still have a lot of learning" or am I am I reading that too literally? Also 要...了 more closely means "about to happen" so that makes the sentence more closely resemble "I still have a lot I'm about to learn" and that also sounds a bit silly. Is there a different grammar structure that would be more appropriate here or am I going about this all wrong?

  • Try 我还有很多东西要学 or 我还有很多东西需要学习。 – dan Jul 30 at 11:36
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The correct grammar would be “我还有很多要学习呢”. You may have heard “我要学习了”, which means "I'm about to go study", but the former sentence means "I still have a lot of learning to do." The difference is in “呢” and “了”

  • Thank you! I'm going to do some further research on the uses of 呢 since I only know of it from “。。。你呢?” and such – 小奥利奥 Jul 28 at 23:56
  • is 要...呢 the full structure or is just the 呢 necessary? What is the overarching use of 呢 in cases like this? – 小奥利奥 Jul 29 at 0:07
  • @小奥利奥 We recall "了" may mean "suggestion" or "aspect", but there is no natural interpretation in “我还有很多要学习了”, or do you have one interpretation in mind? – Violapterin Jul 29 at 13:40
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    要……呢 is commonly used when it's in the form ……还要……呢. For another example: ”她还要去上学呢。" – David Dong Jul 29 at 16:53
  • @Violapterin I know the grammar structure 要...了 implies that whatever falls between the 要 and the 了 has not yet happened and will happen in the near future – 小奥利奥 Jul 29 at 22:43
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Try this:

活到老学道老。

or, more prosaic:

我还有很多要学习了。

  • 我还有很多要学习了 was why original wording, so that doesn't look weird to you? – 小奥利奥 Jul 29 at 0:05
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    Does not seem to answer OP's question. – Violapterin Jul 29 at 13:39

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