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This is from a song, I can´t figure out what it means:

一等就是一年多

Google translate says: "One year is more than a year", which I think is wrong. 等 is "wait", 就是 is "exactly" (I think), but I dont get what it means in it´s entirety, some help would be awesome.

  • Every time (someone) waits, over a year passes (before something happens again). – droooze May 11 '18 at 18:46
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(这)一等 = (this) one wait

就是 = thereupon became

一年多 = over a year (long )

meaning 'this wait has turned into an over a year long wait

or

(我)一等 = once (I) waited

就是 = thereupon became

一年多 = over a year

meaning 'once I wait, it has became more than a year' ('it' refers to the waiting time)

Same meaning as:

(我)一等就等了 = once (I) waited, (I) have waited for

一年多 = over a year

  • This translation makes a lot more sense, thank you. – dan May 11 '18 at 22:24
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I googled it and found a forum on Baidu about waiting forever for what looks like a video game to be released. The unhappy camper in the forum writes a lyric verse or two to express his frustration:

你说过两天来看我
一等就是一年多
三百六十五个日子不好过
你心里根本没有我
把我的爱情还给我

Translation (not accounting for poetic style):

You said you'd come to visit in two days
But I've been waiting more than a year
...

In this context, it means he's already been waiting for more than a year. This also uses a sentence pattern 一(V)就(V), which generally describes something which is done right after another thing, e.g. "我一到家就要睡了" (I'm going to bed as soon as I get home).

In this context, he is using that sentence pattern to stress how long he has waited.

  • The guy who writes his frustration writes exactly the lyrics from the song I have my question from (你怎麼說 by Teresa Teng). That must be the joke. – dan May 11 '18 at 22:24

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