"I don't want to work today."


November 17, 2017

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Can't time markers come before the subject? Like:今天我不想工作


Yes, it can. It's an accepted answer


How would 要 change this sentence if used in stead of 想?


In this case, 要 would sound more like "I don't need to go to work today," where as 想 is definitely "I don't want to go to work today."


I seriously feel like just a monkey sometimes on here repeating exactly how they want me to say it, it doesn't give you much liberty even though it means the same thing.


when do you use 上班 vs 工作?


上班 - to start a work shift / go to work (verb) -- usually at a specific time or place

工作 - a job (noun) / the activity of doing work (verb)

我的工作 - My job
我工作 - I'm working
我上班 - I start work

我去上班 - I go to (start) work / I'm going to work

Using 去 has the meaning of changing physical locations. So you would use the last one if you needed to travel to another location to start your work (e.g. leaving home for an office or factory).


工 (gong) = work/skill
作 (zuò) = to do/
工作 = to do work = to work

Some other words in this lesson:

锻 (duàn) = to forge/to discipline
炼 (liàn) = to refine/to smelt/to train
锻炼 (duànliàn) = to work out

开 (kāi) = to open/to start/to turn on
始 (shǐ) = to begin/to start
开始 (kāishǐ) = to start


I'm pretty sure you can say 我今天不想做工. Not sure why its not accepted


今天我不想工作 should also be an acceptable answer, especially since right before this question there's the one about going to the restaurant tomorrow to eat lamb. In that question 明天 can come at the start of the sentence and is counted as correct. This is consistent.


The lesson for this module states the following:

"You’ve already seen that 不要 (bú yào) can mean that someone either doesn’t want something or doesn’t want to do something (for example, 他不要牛奶). But 不要 is also used a lot to tell someone not to do something. "

So, of course, for this question I answered "我今天不要工作" and was marked wrong. Thanks Duolingo.


In my case it would have to be 我每天不想工作。

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