While studying today's lesson I came across this sentence:


The lesson also says that I cannot say:


I imagine it's because of 都, so if I omit it, would it be correct to say 我会说英语和汉语?

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Yes, without 都, you can say "我会说英语和汉语" The reason is unlike the English word "both" which is placed before the objects, "都" must be placed after the objects

  1. I can speak [English and Chinese]

  2. I can speak [both] [English and Chinese]

  3. 我会说[英语和汉语]

  4. [英语和汉语]我[]会说

  5. 我[英语和汉语][]会说

Notice in #4 and #5 the object [英语和汉语] is placed before 都

"我会[]说 [英语和汉语]" and "我会说[][英语和汉语]" violated this rule.


"都" in "我都会说英语和汉语" (I too, can speak English and Chinese) means "also" or "too". It is different usage of "都"


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