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In English, I can write "At x pages, y." where x pages refers to a document consisting of x number of pages and y is a description of the document. Example: At two pages, the proposed bill is short.

The Chinese equivalent of "at" is "在", however it applies to locations. "Pages" isn't a location in this case, so what would I write to convey "at" here? Or can I use "at" as I do in English?

My best guesses (using the preceding example) are "在兩頁,法案很簡短" and "包括兩頁,法案很簡短", but it's not clear to me whether either is correct.

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  • 以长度(为)x页,该法案很简短
    – user6065
    Jul 21 '17 at 7:11
  • according to jukuu and google translate 长度 is possible for length of a document, but 页数 seems to be another possibility
    – user6065
    Jul 21 '17 at 8:00
  • regarding use of 就。。。而论,就。。。来说(说来,看)see comment #2 of chinese.stackexchange.com/questions/25506/… -> 就x为页数而论,法案很簡短 see answers
    – user6065
    Jul 21 '17 at 15:14
  • I think you'd switch the logic for Chinese, basically you'd say "for a x it's very y."
    – Mou某
    Jul 21 '17 at 15:35
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The Chinese way to say "At x pages, y."

1a. "x pages 就 y 而言"

Example: 一百頁就小說而言真是很短" (one hundred pages for a novel is really short)

2a. "就 y 而言, x pages"

Example: 就小說而言, 一百頁真是很短" (for a novel, one hundred pages is really short)

or

1b. "x pages 以/ 對 y 來說, "

2b. "/ 對 y 來說, x pages"

1a, 1b are more literary

2a, 2b are more colloquial

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Chinese do not have equivalent expression. Some similar ones:

对于法案来说, 两页不算长.

针对法案而言, 2页很短.

只有两页的方案, 算短的.

两页的方案算短的.

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