is this sentence ok? 上午我平时上班 / 学习 /锻炼 等等 I wonder if the adverb 平时 can be used as follow: Time+ 平时+activity

Thanks in advance for your kind explanations :)

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If you wish to say, "I normally go to work in the morning." try like this:



"is the sentence that I provide wrong?"

The general consensus from people I ask is 上午我平时 "sounds funny".

I think the problem with moving the time to the front is the repetitive nature of the statement using 平时.

That said, people will accept 平时上午我上班。and 上午我上班。

It is easy to put time first when you talk about a single event.

1. 上午我去了学校。
2. 今天上午邮件很多。
3. 今天上午发生了一件怪事。
  • Thanks, Pedroski it sounds ok to me, but, still have the doubt... is the sentence that I provide wrong? I mean, it supposed the Time Word and the noun can be interchangeable...that's why I doubting...
    – Lola
    Dec 13, 2022 at 23:15
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    Using your pattern, you can say 上午我"一般都在"上班.
    – r13
    Dec 14, 2022 at 3:16

There's no rule against a time word being used ahead of a clause containing 平时. What doesn't work here is the logical sequence of time adverbs. Word order in Chinese depends on information structure (old vs new information), so it's not fixed by arbitrary rules but strict semantic hierarchy.

What you likely mean by 平时 is a qualification of the time of action, ie you want to say that the action happens "usually in the morning" or in other words "most mornings", rather than all mornings or only one specific morning. If that's the case, Chinese prefers that you warn about the quality of this time adverb ahead of the time adverb itself (because general modifiers come before the specific instance of what they're modifying), as in Pedroski's 我平时上午上班, which sounds much better.

If instead you want to directly qualify 上班 (to mean you "usually" go to work), and still leave "morning" as background information, then you really want another word or phrase, as in r13's 上午我"一般都在"上班. Part of the reason for this is that the 时 in 平时 refers to 时间, but 上午 is already a specific 时间 - and you can't have a specific instance of 时间 followed by a more general one (because of same word-order principle outlined above).

  • Super wow!!! thanks, Sanchuan... I totally got it. :)
    – Lola
    Dec 15, 2022 at 22:52

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