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November 30, 2017



Can someone who is a native speaker/well versed in knowledge of when and when not to use "的" answer this?

Is my answer of "我每星期五两个小时踢足球。" correct? Or do I NEED a ”的“ in the sentence?

November 30, 2017


If you want to omit ”的“ you can say “我每星期五踢足球两个小時” . Just make sure you keep the period of time (how long) after the verb(踢).

December 13, 2017


That's a pretty big question, but I'll do my best to help. I'm not a native speaker, but I will link to some resources that I've found helpful:

Expressing Time

If you're wondering about the use of "的" specific to this particular sentence pattern (i.e. expressing time duration of a verb), here is an article from MandarinFriend.wordpress.com.

Other Uses of 的"

But "的" has many other functions and appears in many sentence patterns. So if you're asking about ANY possible time to use "的", here is an article and a video that summarize the "de" particles.

Or if anyone out there is a huge grammar-nerd (like me), there are over a dozen articles on ChineseGrammarWiki, which cover the many of patterns that require our little "的" friend!

January 18, 2018


No you dont need a 的 but your sentence is still incorrect. You need the verb before the time.

December 27, 2017


每个星期五... - this should be accepted, shouldn't it?

March 18, 2018


Yes. In fact, I wasn't aware that 个 could be omitted here.

August 4, 2018


”每个星期五我踢两个小时的足球“ should also be accepted.

August 28, 2018


“我每个星期五踢两个小时的足球” not accepted 18/12/2018

December 18, 2018


Why this one is incorrect: 我每星期五两个小时打足球

July 2, 2018


You're mixing time point (WHEN, 每星期五) with tine duration (HOW LONG 两个小时). These are grammatically separate concepts and must be handled differently. See discussion and helpful links above.

August 4, 2018


I translated it as "我每星期五踢足球提的两个小时". It was reported as incorrect, but don't understand why. The correct answer was: "每星期五我踢两个小时的足球".

July 10, 2018


The simple answer is that you can't use 的 before a time duration like that. For more details, see links above.

August 4, 2018
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