Practical Cantonese 11 – 執笠

執笠 (zap1 lap1):a shop closes down

對面間酒樓執咗笠呀!

deoi3 min6 gaan1 zau2 lau4 zap1 zo2 lap1 aa3!

The restaurant on the opposite side closed down!

佢唔係執笠呀,搬咗之嘛。

keoi5 m4 hai6 zap1 lap1 aa3 ,bun1 zo2 zi1 maa3 。

It didn’t close down. It just moved!

In Cantonese, when we express a past action, we add a single character 咗 after the verb with one character.

e.g.  食 – eat,食咗 – ate

  去 – go,去咗 – went

For the verb with two characters, we sometimes (not always, it depends on which verb )insert the character between the verb.

e.g.  執笠 – close down,執咗笠 – closed down

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