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November 17, 2017



早上你几点起床 - shouldn't this sentence also be correct?


That’s not technically wrong in the narrow sense, but it presupposes a rather special situation. The reason being, if you front 明天 you put it in the focus of the question (the linguistic term is “topicalisation”). In this sentence, that has the effect that it sounds like you are creating a contrast between “in the morning” and another time. Maybe the addressee regularly gets up at widely different times of day due to shift work. Or maybe the situation is like this:

  • 我星期四很晚下班,晚上12点才能去睡觉。 (I get off work very late on Thursdays, so I can only go to bed at 12pm.)
  • 哦。那星期五早上你几点起床? (I see. So at what time do you get up on Friday morning?)

Here Friday morning is contrasted with the point in time that was previously in the focus (Thursday evening 12pm).

But unless there is such a contrast, I would put 明天 behind the subject.

TL;DR: I think a case can be made that 早上你几点起床 should be accepted, but unless there is a very special context, I wouldn’t use that word order.


Would something like 早上几点你起床 be correct?


I got marked wrong for it. Not sure personally.


Why do they want '早上‘ for some phrases and '上午' for others, still meaning 'morning'. Will someone clarify the usage.


The English word "forenoon" existst even though it's not in common usage (and I don't get why, because it's a very useful concept). That would be the literal translation of 上午. 早上 means "(early) morning", and is, I understand, a somewhat more informal term. "Forenoon", "morning" and 上午 can all cover the entire period from around sunrise to noon while "early morning" and 早上 only covers the time from... well, from sunrise to 8-ish, maybe?

In my native Swedish, of which I speak with more certainty, "morgon" ("[early]" morning) would be from 5 a.m. to around 9-10 a.m. and "förmiddag" ("forenoon") would be from around 9-10 a.m. to 12 o'clock. "Förmiddag" could, similarly to 上午, also be used to mean the entire period from 5 a.m. to noon.


Nice explanation. I can see that you've gone to a lot of effort to write this. I dont get why more people haven't upvoted it. (Or whatever the word is).


上午 means morning as opposed to afternoon. The more common one is just morning...


I was taught that 早上 is early morning and 上午 is late morning. My teacher put the dividing line at 9 o'clock, but I'm sure the line where 早上 ends and 上午 starts varies a bit fron person to person.


The answer


should also be accepted, as 起牀 is a variant traditional of 起床 as reported here. Reported.


As with many other sentences, "you" in english can be either singular or plural. So 你們 should also be counted as correct.


How about 早上几点你起床?

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