Wondering where to put a time frequency word in a Chinese sentence?
Which one of the following sentences is correct?
我每个星期去四次大学 or 我每个星期去大学四次?
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Both of the sentences are correct and they have the same meaning.
In "我每个星期去四次大学", "university" sounds less important to you, just like "我每天去六次厕所 (I go to toilet six times a day)".
"我每个星期去大学四次" emphasises on the number of times you go to university. "University" sounds more important in this case.
我 每个星期 去 四次 大学
我 每个星期 去 大学 四次
Both sentences are OK in modern Chinese. I myself prefer the latter.
In fact, the word order in Chinese is not that strict. So, the above example sentence can also be as follows:
每个星期 我 去 大学 四次
每个星期 我 去 四次 大学
大学 每个星期 我 去 四次
我 去 大学 每个星期 四次
我 去 大学 四次 每个星期
每个星期 四次 我 去 大学
Perhaps there are more possible combinations.