If there is more than one part to a time phrase (e.g. both 今天 and 八点) can I place one of them before the subject and one after? Is there any situation in which this would be okay?

他今天八点要去看电影 (not split)


今天他八点要去看电影 (split)

On a similar note, if there is both a time expression and another adverb, can I split those up?

电影六点就开始了 (not split)


六点电影就开始了 (split)

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    Normally we use the ones not split. Your split versions are OK, but much verbal. – Bruce Huang Jul 10 '18 at 15:19

Yes you can, when you split it like that, you emphasize the time, when your friend run out of the time, you can use it to push them.


My gut feeling is :

“今天他八点” emphasizes the condition of "今天" . “六点电影就开始了” emphasizes “六点”.

But my second thought is :

Even when i want to emphasize “今天” or "六点",i may still use “他今天八点” and "电影六点就" sometimes.

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