What is the exact meaning of 着 and how can I use it in a sentence?

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    There are many shades of meaning. An exhaustive answer would be very long. Why don't you find a sentence where you don't understand 着 and ask about that?
    – Pedroski
    Commented Aug 26, 2023 at 6:09
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    How about 真的愛你 & 真的愛着你? Commented Aug 26, 2023 at 9:18
  • In that case 着 is redundant. You can remove it safely. Commented Aug 27, 2023 at 8:20
  • There is a song title 真的愛着你. So, it may not be redundant. In 真的愛你, it is ambiguous as to whether the love is still ongoing as it merely declares a state of love, as it were, without a time-stamp. However, in 真的愛着你, to borrow English grammar, it could be described as a "present perfect continuous tense", i.e., to talk, or emphasize about ongoing events or activities which started at a time in the past and are still continuing up until now. The song, 真的愛着你, is here, youtube.com/watch?v=wW97iq_VrNI So, removing 着 may lose the time element emphasis. Commented Aug 27, 2023 at 9:26
  • There are many use of 着, but I'll give you the most common one. Usually, if it is added after a verb, it is like indicating an action that is currently happening of continuous, like 拉着 = pulling [拉着朋友的手奔跑 = pulling friend's hand to run], 接着 = carry on (v)/ after that (adv) [拉着朋友的手,接着在晚霞天空下奔跑 = pulling friend's hand, and then run under the sky with rosy cloud] Commented Aug 28, 2023 at 5:19

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Good question! You get on something small, yet complex. Allow me to put an list here, and get back to it later:


     Have seen, saw something

     Catch fire.

     Fall into sleep.





     Attached to.


我真的爱你:I love you truly.

我真的爱着你:I am in love with you truly.

他看我:He look at me.

他看了我:He looked me.

他看着我:He is looking at me.


I want to add two more sentences to show the contrast cases.

(1) 哎,你踩着我的脚呢!踩着(zhe) means being standing on something. It is happening right now.

(2) 哎,你踩着我的脚了!踩着(zháo) means a fact that indeed happened. It may be in the past or at present.

Please see the following example too.



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