I need to write an eassy about festivities and I included the following sentence:


The teacher said this was not correct Chinese, instead, I should have written:


I also saw other examples in the book.

圣诞节是在每年的十二月十五日。Festivity + 是在每年的 + date. 中秋节农历八月五日。Festivity 是 + date. 中国的春天一般一月底到二月初。 Chinese Festivity + 在 date.

So I am a bit confused. From what I learned:

1) It seems that you cannot first put the date and then 的 festivity.

2) You can put the event and then 是在,是,and 在 and after that, the date.

Are these two assumptions correct?

Saludos desde España.

  • 1
    I don't believe that what you wrote is equivalent to the examples that you gave. You wrote (shortened, paraphrased): "December 25th is this Traditional Western Holiday". To be honest, this isn't a natural English expression either (I would write: "This Traditional Western Holiday lies on December 25th"). If you were trying to say directly that "December 25th is Christmas Day", then 十二月二十五日是聖誕節 is fine.
    – dROOOze
    Aug 22, 2019 at 15:39

2 Answers 2


Of course you can put the event before or after the date.

When you write the name of an event first, you can add the information of when this event occurs.

Example: [圣诞节] [是在] [十二月二十五日] = [Christmas] [is on] [25th December]


When you write a date first, you can add the information of what this date represents

Example: [十二月二十五日] [] [圣诞节] = [25th December] [is] [Christmas]

More example:

我的生日是在日十二月二十五日 - My birthday is on December 25th.

十二月二十五日是我的生日 - December 25th is my birthday

  • When you are describing "when the event occurs", you can omit "在" and write "圣诞节是十二月二十五日" (Christmas is 25th December) or "我的生日是十二月二十五日" (My birthday is 25th December)

  • When you are describing "what the date represents", you cannot add "在" and write "十二月二十五日是在圣诞节" (25th December is on Christmas) or "十二月二十五日是在我的生日" (25th December is on my birthday )

  • You can add more information about the date. "十二月二十五日" just means "25th December" ; "每年的十二月二十五日" means "25th December of every year"

  • I suposse in teh second Parragraph it would be you can add "在" instead of cannot add. Thanks for your answer.
    – ANTXON
    Aug 23, 2019 at 12:16
  • @ANTXON I meant you cannot. 十二月二十五日是(在)我的生日 is ungrammatical
    – Tang Ho
    Aug 30, 2019 at 11:15

What you have is good:


but you can shift it around:


I think you may use 是、在、是在, como quieras.

¡Recuerdos desde China a mi querida Andalucía!

  • Recuerdos desde Benalmádena Málaga.
    – ANTXON
    Aug 23, 2019 at 12:11
  • Vaya, no me digas! El verano estaba en Málaga, comiendo espetos!
    – Pedroski
    Aug 24, 2019 at 9:07
  • Jjjj cuando quieras practicar español y yo chino hablamos. 你为什么离开马拉加?
    – ANTXON
    Aug 24, 2019 at 16:17
  • 我的中文太差,更好找到中国人帮你。Fuimos a Grazalema, Jerez y Cadiz. Solo estaba 2 dias en Malaga.
    – Pedroski
    Aug 24, 2019 at 22:41

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