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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:

這個故事在一個小鎮中發生.

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  • suggestion:look up setting in nciku( 故事背景,故事场景) – user6065 Sep 11 '14 at 5:52
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    or 這故事發生在一個小鎮. Sounds more natural to me – AngelLeliel Sep 11 '14 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 Sep 11 '14 at 12:19
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1.故事发生在某火车站上。....(伊塔洛·卡尔维诺:如果在冬夜,一个旅人;萧天佑译)

2.话说梁山泊聚义厅上....(施耐庵:水浒传--第五十一回)

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  • 发生在 will work most of the time, except that, when it is used on fictions, it speaks as if they were facts. – George Chen Sep 11 '14 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 Sep 14 '14 at 15:08
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这个故事发生在一个小镇

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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