The modal adverb 总算
The modal adverb (语气副词) expresses subjective judgment or assurance toward an action.
We use the modal adverb to describe some end result or long-awaited satisfaction. We usually use it in colloquial speech. The adverb 总算 has strong emotional coloring. It emphasizes that an action that the speaker expected to happen eventually occurred after a long period of time.
Pay attention
At the end of sentences with the adverb 总算, we should state the particle to indicate a change in the situation.
Mom finally came
māma zǒngsuàn lái le
The exams are finally over
kǎoshì zǒngsuàn jiéshù le
Sometimes we use the adverb 总算 in the meaning of “in general”. We usually use it when we give a general comment on a situation.
In general it is cheap
zǒngsuàn piányi le
The weather was good overall
tiānqì zǒngsuàn búcuò
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