In the sentence 我已經做咗好多日,而家想放返幾日假, I would like to ask about 返. What is the difference between just saying 放幾日假 and 放返幾日假. What is the function of 返?


  • i think it’s “翻”, not “返”; used as a quantifier (量詞) Apr 9, 2021 at 13:45
  • is not a 量詞; 番 is
    – Tang Ho
    Apr 9, 2021 at 14:39
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    @TangHo, well, initially i’m also in doubt, after checking the 漢語多功能字庫, “《舊唐書‧敬宗紀》:「詔度支進銅三千斤,金薄十萬翻,修清思院新殿及昇陽殿圖障。」” i prefer “翻” to “番” humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/Lexis/lexi-mf/search.php?word=翻 Apr 9, 2021 at 14:50

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[5] [粵] [adv] back; again; afresh.

放幾日假 = take a few days off

Depend on context

幾日假 (1) = take a few days off again

Similar example: 一年冇返工,而家返 = A year without going to work, now I am going (to work) again

幾日假 (2) = take a few days off back (for compensation)

Similar example: 舊年冇去旅遊,今年要去番次 = Didn't travel last year, have to travel one time back (for compensation) this year

return; come/go back

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