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November 27, 2017



"明天你几点下班?" is correct, please
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I have also reported and someone taught me that in Chinese it is preferable to introduce time and space first.


你几点明天下班 not accepted 22 Mar 2018. Why?


Well, the order of telling the time in Chinese goes: year-month-day and after that comes time of the day. 明天 refers to the day so the question about time (几点) must come right after it. Hence «你明天几点下班?» or «明天你几点下班?».


can someone tell me whats wrong with this translation 明天你下班什么时候 ik 什么时候can imply a different type of time but I think it's fine


The time when something happens always comes before the verb. Knly a duration (how ling the verb action takes) can come after it.


Is there a reason why 你明天幾點會下班 isn't accepted?


It's xià for leaving work, but fàng for leaving school. Why so?


You can also say xiàkè 下课 for when classes are over for the day, but also for a particular class ending. 放学 is only used in the former sense, not the latter one. It’s just fixed expressions/verb-object combinations.


Ah, okay; so it’s just a lot of memorisation of expressions?


Kind of? But it’s really not that bad. It’s just another piece of vocabulary – nothing different from a normal verb. The only difference is a grammatical one: That grammatically it’s a verb + an object rather than just an intransitive verb. And you don’t get random combinations for any arbitrary expression. Generally they correspond to one of these in English:

  • an intransitive verb (e.g. shuìjiào 睡觉 “to sleep”)
  • the intransitive version of a verb which can be either transitive or intransitive in English (e.g. chī 吃 “to eat” always needs an object; if you just want to say “to eat” in general, nothing particular, then you have to use a dummy object, in this case fàn 饭, literally “cooked rice”)
  • a very common multi-word expression such as 下班 “to get off work”. Typically these aren’t random but follow patterns though. For instance 上 is often used for starting/attending some business/appointment, and if you can 上 something you can usually also 下 “get off“ it etc.
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