"He does not drink tea in the mornings."


January 3, 2018



他早上不喝茶 vs. 早上他不喝茶 In English, I could say "In the morning, he does not drink tea" but in Chinese, my answer of "早上他不喝茶" was marked incorrect. Does Chinese grammar stipulate that "He, in the morning, does not drink tea" is the only correct ordering, or would my answer work?

January 3, 2018


Your answer should be correct. Moving the order of the time only changes the emphasis.

January 4, 2018


Huh, LearnChinese made it seem like time always goes first. How flexible is it?

March 26, 2018


It's completely flexible. The time can come either before or after the subject. The only difference is the emphasis.

April 8, 2018


早上他不喝茶 is also TRUE. I have reported it on April 22, 2018.

April 22, 2018


He in the morning doesn't drink tea?! That seems wrong. Why won't it let me say He doesn't drink tea in the morning?!

March 26, 2018


In Chinese class in the 1st grade we spent weeks memorizing the correct sentence order: Time, person, place, then activity. 早上他不喝茶 should be correct.

June 1, 2018
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