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What is the purpose of in the following sentence?

好像她已出去好几天了。

The English translation given is:

It looks as if she's gone away for a few days.

Or is this an incorrect-character, supposed to be something else?

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Here 已 has the same meaning as 已经 and means already. When speaking one would normally use 已经, but in written documents 已 can be found.

I would translate 好像她已出去好几天了 as "It seems she's already been gone for some days".

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  • Agree. That's right.
    – 杨以轩
    Aug 10, 2012 at 14:49
  • Ah. Or "It seems she's already been gone for some days"?
    – kalaracey
    Aug 10, 2012 at 19:52
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Indeed "It looks as if she's gone away for a few days" is an incorrect translation.

I would translate this as "It seems she's already been gone for quite a few days".

If the 已 were excluded, I would translate it as "It seems she's been gone for quite a few days."

So the 已 emphasizes the passage of time, just like "already" in English.

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已=已经. It just represents the past perfect tense. I think [been] is necessary here. The sentence implies that the subject never came back during the few days, in this case past perfect tense is appropriate.

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