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"Excuse me, is there a taxi stand here?"


November 28, 2017



Is there any way to know when to use 在 and when not to? Duo says 请問,在这儿有出租車站嗎 is wrong here and suggest a version with 这里 without 在 preceding it.


Great question, and I've been trying to think of a clean explanation and I'm coming up blank. For every example of NOT needing 在 I can think of counter-examples where you MUST use it under similar conditions. Best I can come up with is that sentence beginning with 这里 or 那里 typically don't need 在. Here's what I mean: 那里的天气很好 vs 天气在那里很好.

I'm not a native, but I lived in China for more than a decade and am a fairly fluent speaker. I'd be open to correction on this from a native speaker.


Speculating here, but to me it makes sense this way:

出租车站在这里 implies a specific taxi stand. "Is the taxi stand here" 这里有出租车站 the object is 'here' as in "does here have a taxi stand" or "Is there a taxi stand here"

The practical difference comes out to be an infinitive vs definitive taxi stand in a language that otherwise lacks a distinction between infinitive and definitive ( THE taxi stand vs A taxi stand).

I'm not native, so don't take me too seriously.


在 + Location can be used to create a prepositional phrase that indicates the location where a verb takes place. Subject + prepositional phrase + verb + object.

The verb 有 is used to indicate possession (person有object) or existence (location有object). In this sentence, 这里 is the subject of the verb, so using 在 to turn it into a prepositional phrase is unnecessary.


出 (chū) = to go out/to come out/to occur
租 (zū) = to hire/to rent
车 (chē) = car/vehicle
出租车 (chūzūchē) = a come out hire vehicle = taxi


这里有没有出租车站 should be accepted.


No need for a messure word here?


I'm wondering if it is incorrect to say “请问,出租车站在这儿吗?”


That would be: “Excuse me, is the taxi stand here?”


thanks! word order is still confusing for me


I wrote: 请问,这里有出租车站吗? This seems to be the answer, but it marked me wrong, What gives?

(the text was copy-pasted from my answer)


Yeah, I copy pasted the translation given here into the answer box and it marked me wrong


Is there anything wrong with 请问,出租车站在这儿吗?Does it have to be 这里?


When I type in "请问, 这里有出租车站吗?" It is marked incorrect, and also offered as the correct solution. What gives?


And now, when I type "请问,这里有出租车站吗" It is marked as correct... must've been a glitch

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