How to Use hui 会 (HSK 1)

August 25, 2021

In this blog, you will learn how 会 (huì) is used at the HSK 1 level. For HSK 1, 会 (huì) has a couple uses.

In Chinese 会 (huì) is a modal verb (also called an auxiliary or a “helping” verb), which means it is a verb used in combination with other verbs.

Let's look at the ways that you can use 会 (huì) in HSK 1.

  1. In Chinese, 会 (huì) is used before a verb to indicate ability acquired through learning. In English, 会 (huì) used this way means “to know how to”. The structure is:

Subject + (不) 会 + verb + object

To make the sentence negative, just add 不.

Here are some 会 (huì) examples for this use:

Wǒ huì shuō zhōngwén.
I know how to speak Chinese.

A: 你会做饭吗?
Nǐ huì zuò fàn ma?
Do you know how to cook?
B: 我会。你呢?
Wǒ huì. Nǐ ne?
I know how. What about you?
A: 我不会。
Wǒ bù huì.
I don’t know how.

Tā bù huì xiě hànzì.
He does not know how to write Chinese characters.

In the above sentences, 会 (huì) is used to express the subject has sufficient knowledge to complete the action.

  1. 会 (huì) in Chinese is also used in sentences to indicate possibility of a future action occurring. In English, 会 (huì) used this way means “will”, as in somebody will do something or something will happen.

This 会 (huì) grammar structure is the same as above:

Subject + (不) 会 + verb (+ object)

Here are some 会 (huì) examples for this usage:

A: 下周她会来吗?
Xià zhōu tā huì lái ma?
Will she come next week?
B: 她不会。
Tā bù huì.
She won’t.

Míngtiān huì xià yǔ.
It will rain tomorrow.

Wǒ bù huì gēn nǐ tiàowǔ.
I will not dance with you.