As she left the board meeting, Lili Wang furrowed her brow and cursed under her breath at Zhang Ping. He had advanced in the company at a meteoric pace since starting as an intern in her department, commandeering project after project to carve out a niche of his own and secure praise and promotion outside the normal career channels. And now even as he was ingratiating himself with her supervisors he was skipping meetings or arriving late, blowing off her assignments or altering them according to his own whim. Her patience had run its course.

And so with a ruthlessness that surprised even herself, Lili ordered her secretary to arrange for a meeting that afternoon. It would be their last. His last attempt to circumvent her with the budget office had made him a marked man. She would not tolerate his presence any longer.
 said on
February 10, 2009
Planning a soap opera? I'm sure Echo will have some fun with that if you let her.
 said on
February 10, 2009
@jim.veseley,

I'll take it as praise :P

--Echo

echo@popupchinese.com
 said on
February 22, 2009
you guys are awesome! This is just what I was looking for.

I'm looking forward to trying your other tools and lessons.

Erik

Portland, OR
 said on
February 22, 2009
@erik - glad you like it. :) if you have suggestions or requests on features for the site, please send them to us at service@popupchinese.com.
 said on
February 22, 2009
@erik,

嗨,你好,欢迎你!

非常高兴你喜欢我们的网站:) 有什么问题和建议的话,欢迎你在网上留言或给我写信。

--Echo

echo@popupchinese.com
 said on
March 16, 2012
what is the meaning of zanme ______ jiedi? I did not catch that word between zanme and jiedi.

Eric
 said on
March 16, 2012
咱们俩是姐弟...
 said on
January 2, 2014
Another great lesson!

I have a question. Brendan and Echo talk about the passive tense and use the examples: he closed the door / the door was closed.

If I hear correctly, this is translated into Chinese by: ta1 guan1 le men2 / men2 bei4 guan1 xia4 le.

My question: why does the xia4 comes in in the passive sentence, but not in the active one?

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