In the sentence “即使在教室,他们仍然保留了自由散漫的天性”, is 了 an aspect particle or a modal particle? I thought that the modal particle needed to be at the end of the sentence, but I’m not sure why it would be an aspect particle in this sentence.

1 Answer 1


Here, 了 is an aspect particle placed directly after the verb "保留" (maintain/retain) to indicate the completion of the action and change of tense.

  • 他们仍然保留了... they neverthelessly (have) maintained/retained....

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.