Does anyone have an idea of how to translate "This story is set in a small town". I've been looking around but I haven't found a good way to translate "Set in".

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"be set in" = the action takes place there/then

How about this:


  • suggestion:look up setting in nciku( 故事背景,故事场景)
    – user6065
    Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 5:52
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    or 這故事發生在一個小鎮. Sounds more natural to me Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 6:55
  • "set in" in required sense can also be found in nciku: 以罗马为背景的小说 a novel set in Rome
    – user6065
    Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 12:19



  • 发生在 will work most of the time, except that, when it is used on fictions, it speaks as if they were facts. Commented Sep 11, 2014 at 23:28
  • Like "話說...." ^_^ It also reminds me that many frictions start with something like "從前有一個小村莊 ...."
    – Henry HO
    Commented Sep 14, 2014 at 15:08


If you wanna a complete and natural sentence, this is it. kinda finishes the sentence, otherwise it will be considered rather firm and rigid like you emphasize the 'small town' as a location instead of other location.

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