I am learning how to use 本来 in a sentence; we are supposed to fill in the sentence to make the conversation whole. The first sentence is the one I wrote using the 本来 and the second is already given:

My sentence that I came up with: 我本来要带你去的,但是我的车抛锚了。

Sentence given in question book: 没关系,我从那儿打车回来很方便。

Can someone please check for me? I don't know if my sentence is grammatically correct.

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  1. Since the second sentence includes 从那儿 and 打车回来 (come back), I would assume the two speakers are in the place they want to come back to, therefore the first person (A) is not 带 "taking" the second person (B) anywhere. She's going to pick her up.

  2. I think the main sentence sounds better with 准备, or 想, instead of 要, as it introduces an intent (then disrupted by the car breaking down), instead of a sure thing.


I was going to pick you up, but my car broke down.

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    – Tang Ho
    Commented Aug 4, 2020 at 12:17

Your sentence doesn't really fit the answer given.

Your sentence:

I was gonna take you there, but my carriage conked out!


I was gonna pick you up, but my carriage conked out!


No biggie, it's easy to call a cab to come back.


A say: 我本来要带你去的,但是我的车抛锚了。

B reply: 没关系,我从那儿打车回来很方便。

帶你去 means "take you to somewhere". But the given sentence is 回来, which means COME BACK, GO BACK, RETURN, etc.

So, B wants to go back (e.g home), but your sentence looks like that you are going to pick B up then go to somewhere else.




我本来要"去接你"的, It's more neutural, you can use it like this:

A say: 我本来要"去接你"的,但是我的车抛锚了。

B say: 没关系,我从那儿打车回来很方便。.


B say: 没关系,我从那儿打车過去很方便。 (If it is your given sentence, "我本来要带你去的,但是我的车抛锚了。 is correct.)

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