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下一次/下次 (next time) Imagine the present time is the beginning of a list. When you go further down the list, the further into the future you will be at. 上一次/上次 (last time) Imagine you are currently in the middle of a list. When you look up the order on the list, the further you go up, the further you got back in the past. 之後/以後/後 (after) Imagine the ...


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下个星期三 would only refer to Wednesday, next week. There is no way you would use 下个星期三 to refer to Wednesday this week, like the one that is coming two days from now, that would just be 星期三. There's a question on Baidu Zhidao that, kind of(?), asks this. 下个星期三要多少天? with answers like: 8天 and 七天 Perhaps Larry David would be disappointed though.


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The ambiguity come from "next" has the meaning of "up coming" The Seinfeld joke applied the "up coming" meaning of "next" to create confusion, but in practice, people always refer "next Wednesday" to "next week's Wednesday". If you meant to say "the up coming Wednesday" you would just say so -- "the up coming Wednesday" It is the same in Chinese, the term "...


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You can use 过 to express the past tense. 我看过一本书。 过 means 过去 (before, a past tense) or 曾经 (something has done already, a perfect tense). 过去我看了一本书。 我过去看了一本书。 I read a book before. 过去我曾看了一本书。 过去我已看了一本书。 我过去曾看了一本书。 我过去已看了一本书。 I have read a book already. Both 了 and 过 can express something has finished. If you add 曾(经) or 已(经), it is a perfect tense. ...


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If the form 我看了一本书 is correct then what role is 了 playing here and why does it sound to me like past tense with a not-a-tense-marker indicating tense? '了' in "我看了一本书" is a [aspect marker] indicating completed action. 我看一本书 = I read a book In 我看了一本书, the action '看' is completed, which imply 看 is not in present tense but in past tense. Also, depend on ...


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Basic difference: 天 (n) sky; day 日 (n) sun ; day; date When stating number of days, you can use either 日 or 天 Example: 三個月另八日 /三個月另八天 ( three months and eight days) 十六日 / 十六天 ( 16 days) For non-specific day, you can use either 日 or 天 Example: 今日,昨日,明日= 今天,昨天,明天 (today, yesterday, tomorrow) 這一日 = 這一天 (this day) 那一日 = 那一天 (that day) today, ...


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Both of the "天" and "日" as the "量词" are correct. In the modern standard Chinese, people will say "我觉得我会待两三天" in their daily life, and will say "我预计我将停留两三日" in the formal situation such as applications or official documents.


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I am a bit confused by the 在 in your example sentence, since you don't need it there, 我不在8点起床,我(在?)9点起床。 Frankly, I wouldn't know what this sentence was supposed to mean, if you hadn't provided a translation. If you want to express that something occures at a certain time of the day, e.g. X o'clock, there is no need for 在, just use X点 or X点钟. As for the ...


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It is (at least) a full quarter of an hour. Note that 足足 is used for emphasizing that. ◎ 足足 zúzú [full;solid] 不少于


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Both 现在是什么时间 and 现在几点了 mean the same. 现在几点了 is used in casual situations. 现在是什么时间 sounds that the speaker might think there would be something happening shortly or at certain time, so he/she wants to know the time. For example, 现在是什么时间? 我们该上课了吧? The effect is subtle. They can be used interchangeably. But 什么时间 does sound the time seems more important. ...


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「下个星期三」是「下个星期」的「星期三」,简称「下周三」。 如果是「这个星期」的「星期三」,不管今天是这个星期的星期几,都会说「这个星期的星期三」,或简称「这周三」。 也就是说,先用「星期/周」确定是「哪一个星期」,然后确定是「哪一天」。


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There's several explanations already, but IMO they are just expanding on your question and not really fixing it, the straight up answer and the most fluent way is this. Q: 你怎么知道的?(How do you know that?) A: 我从一本书上看的。(I read from a book.) "从" translates to "from", "一本" is needed because you are specifying you read from A book and you know which book it is, ...


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A lot of people are trying to explain 就 vs 才 with english equivalent terms, but that makes it very confusing when it can be explained with simple logic statements, and it is crucial to understand the reasoning behind all these cases: X就Y -> Y if X X才Y -> Y if and only if X The difference is that when using 就, X is not the only condition that Y can ...


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I will come again after a few months: "I" "a few months" "after" "again come."


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I think it's just the same when it is in english: 今天我想吃早饭 - Today I want to have breakfast 我想八点钟吃早饭 - I want to have breakfast at eight 我想今天吃早饭 - I want to have breakfast today 八点钟我想吃早饭 - At eight, I want to have breakfast All these sentence make sense and are acceptable.


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I agree with zyy that 什么时候 is definitely better in the sentence. 哪个时候 is like literally translated from "which moment", but in Chinese, we express as "what time" so you should use "什么时候" or "什么时间"


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足足有一刻钟 here means "a full quarter of an hour". 足足 means fully. The word is usually emotional, implying that that amount is a big deal. E.g. 我在这里足足等了你两个小时. (implying: two hours is really long time. It's a complaining about the fact that you kept me waiting for that long.) PS. Compare 足足有两小时 and 足有两个小时. They mean the same(a full two hours), but the former ...


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I'm not an expert in sentence structure, but I believe 我想今天吃 has a more focus on the necessity of eating something today, where 今天我想吃 does not have such focus. As for the case of specific timing, it works the same way. If you add 在 (at) to the sentence 我想(在)八点钟吃早饭 then you are stressing that you want to eat breakfast at 8 o'clock. On the other hand, ...


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For daily usage I suggest you use "天", but "日" is still widely used in literacy (especially old books) and on formal occasions. For example: 扬州十日 (A )Ten Day('s massacre) in Yangzhou 我觉得我会呆两三天。 I think I will stay two or three days. EDIT: More examples for you: 过年七天乐(a popular TV program) 7 Days' Fun on New Year 北京一日游 a one-day tour in Beijing And you may ...


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COMMON FUNCTION OF 就 and 才 Both are used to denote the word in which the speaker do not want the listener to make mistakes or misunderstandings. Ex: 这就是台湾 and 这才是台湾 both focuses on the word 这 DIFFERENCE Simply say, the difference is the mistake itself. Here are 3 situations: What kind of mistakes the speaker expect the listener will make What kind of ...


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This is our considered opinion. Hope it helps. Once you have ended your striggle to understand 就 and 才, you certantly need to begin your striggle to spell English correctly! 这就是台湾,这才是台湾。 This and only this is Taiwan. 你怎么想我就不在乎呢。(not said this way) 你怎么想我就不在乎了。 I can't keep worrying about how you feel. 你怎么想我才不在乎呢。 I don't care what you think. 两个人就能办好。 ...


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In Chinese grammar, duration goes after 'verb'. The placement of the object is flexible. [1. 你] [2. 学习] [3. 几年] [4. 汉语] [5. 了] [1. subject] [2. verb] [3. duration] [4. object] [5. final particle indicates completion] ~ [1. 你] [2. 学习] [3. 汉语] [4. 几年] [5. 了] [1. subject] [2. verb] [3. object] [4. duration] [5. final particle indicates ...


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后= after Examples: 吃饭后 = after eating dinner 15分钟后 = after 15 minutes 以后 = after 以后 (after) emphasizes on 'time after a specific event or action' Examples: 吃过那顿晚饭以后 = after eating that dinner (a specific dinner is emphasized) 15分钟的沉默以后 = after 15 minutes of silence (the event- 15 minutes of silence is emphasized) 以后 = 此后 (hereafter); 其后 (...


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It refers to 壬日. So 秋分后遇壬 means after 秋分, from the 1st 壬日 霑 starts (i.e. 入霑), after 10 days 霑 ends (i.e. 出霑). In other words, the period of 霑 is 10 days lasting from the 1st 壬日 after 秋分 to the next 壬日, which is called 霑天. For example, the 入霑 of this year (2017) is 10/2(壬戌日). BTW: In traditional calendar, 干支地支 is also used for days, from 甲子 to 癸亥, ...


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I think 下个星期三 is parsed as 下个星期·三 rather than 下个·星期三, thus won't cause ambiguity. One proof is that we rarely say 下个周三 even though 周三=星期三, instead we say 下周三, because 下周=下个星期.


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It means a full quarter of an hour. Besides that, 足足 also have a meaning to describe the duration of the time is very long for the person at speaking. It's like an emphasize. In this sentence, it means the 15 minutes is pretty long for the person who writes this sentence.


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The phrase is perfectly correct and grammatical, and is indeed often used, although perhaps less often than 现在几点了---the latter has the advantage of being easier to say and rolls off the tongue easily. But if you say 现在是什么时间 (or in certain contexts replacing 时间 with 时候), it will probably not strike anyone as being awkward.


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chà shí fen dào 4 diăn. (3:50) 差十分到四點 = "(still) ten minutes to four o'clock" = "ten to four" in English It is English grammar directly applied to Chinese language. Chinese do not usually describe clock time this way. (Although it is based on English grammar, most Chinese would have no problem accepting it) The normal way to describe 3:50 is "...


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I think you got the idea of 鐘 means clock and 頭 means beginning. It means the beginning of a 60 min cycle in the clock. So it turns to mean hours.


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There is no "classical sence" of time in Chinese. Some scholars say that chinese is a "modal language" and not the "tense language", which means that "time" is indicated by: By words like: "today, tommorow, 5 o'clock ect." By labeling the situation as real or unreal. World is divided between realis and irrealis modes. When something is/was/became a fact of ...


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