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I notice some verbs like 会 and 将 among some others can be placed before time words.

Like in my sentence below, an example:

我将在十一点半给你打电话, 好的? - Pinyin: (Wǒ jiàng zài shíyī diǎn bàn gěi nǐ dǎ diànhuà, hǎo de?)

I've seen this many times and I'm wondering if it's just certain verbs that allow this. Thank you.

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Time/date can be placed after the aux/modal verb which supports the main verb, to indicate the tense of the act, in the pattern of - Aux/Modal Verb + 在 + Time + Main Verb.

  • 我"要"在十一點抵達 - I want/must/need to arrive at 11 o'clock.

  • 我"能"在十一點抵達 - I can arrive at 11 o'clock.

  • 我"將/會/將會"在十一點抵達/- I shall/will arrive at 11 o'clock.

  • 我"必會"在十一點抵達 - I certainly will arrive at 11 o'clock.

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  • Thank you for examples.
    – Adrift
    Jan 27, 2023 at 0:26
  • You are welcome.
    – r13
    Jan 27, 2023 at 0:29
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Think about it like in English.

The original sentence you gave was 我在十一点半给你打电话,好吗?(好的sounds weird,say 好吗)

将 means I'm going to; so adding it becomes:

"I'm going to call you at 11:30, alright?" 我将在十一点半给你打电话, 好吗?

会 means I will; so adding it becomes: "I will call you at 11:30 alright?" 我会在十一点半给你打电话,好吗?

Now, you see the pattern right? Both indicate some time in which we would call the person. You can't randomly add verbs there, like run or jump; I run call you? Doesn't sound right, right?

On a side note, words like 立马,立即,赶紧 can also be added (indicating some kind of time, but because of the immediate urgency, adds a tone to the sentence); for instance, 赶紧在十一点半给我打电话,Call me at 11:30!(with some sentiment of anger within)

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  • Very helpful, thank you!
    – Adrift
    Jan 27, 2023 at 0:26

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