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  5. "我这段时间很忙。"


Translation:I am busy these days.

January 15, 2018



What is the function of 段 here?


Literally This "strip" of time. A classifier as said by @NasuSamaruk0.

It can also be used in a few other useful ways:
Text 一段文字 (and hence lyrics 一段歌词).
Music 一段音乐


段 is identified as the classifier to measure time for this sentence. It can also be used for length-related, such as cables and roadways.


I thought long thin things like roads use 条.


its like a numeral unit (like a cup of water) it means a period of time here


One meaning of "duan" is "section". So, you could translate the sentence as "I am busy in this time section/period."


"I am so busy these days." I put this as I selected word blocks, with a hint of "very" for one of the words. I think my answer should have been accepted - enough that I am reporting as such.


Nothing in this sentence explicitly implies "days." 段 could refer to any duration of time and relies on context. No native Chinese speaker says "这段时间" and means being busy these days off handedly. In fact, this seems like a response to a very specific question in which the question could have been "when are you busy today?"


That's true, these days can also be 这几天、最近, depending on context. This is a rather vague statement.


I agree there seems to be want of a word such as very or pretty to go with busy. It doesn't line up so well with the Chinese translation without it, and it sounds a little clunky in English. I've been quite busy these days, or I've been very busy recently seems more natural and more accurate of a translation


Yes, but ’quite‘ is 蛮、挺 (which are colloquial).


I think it more accurately says "it is a busy time for me" in English, or "these times are busy for me".

There is nothing in the Chinese sentence concerning "days".


"This is a busy time for me" is a good option.


I am a Taiwanese, half of these lessons/answers are too ambiguous.


Is there any difference in meaning between "我这段时间很忙。” and "我最近很忙。" ?


I would say the former implies that you continue to be busy and foresee that you will continue to be - whereas the latter has more of the sense of "I've been very busy recently." They are very close in meaning.


I wrote: "I am busy these times" , could it be accepted?


And now I know why Chinese speakers constantly say "these days" when speaking English.

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