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当...时 VS 的时候

Hey all,

I've been trying to figure out the differences between "当...时", "...的时候 ", and "当...的时候" for quite a while now. If anyone knows, I would really appreciate it if you could teach me! :)

April 7, 2018

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They mostly help to change your speaking style. Not much difference. In my opinion, 当 (“when”) and 在 (“at”) give slightly more emphasis on the time.

Differently, 正当…的时候 (“just when”) and 正在…的时候 (“right at the time”) put much more focus on the process.

April 7, 2018

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p.s. 当 is more suitable for past events. 在 is more common when describing the conditions in a general sense.

April 7, 2018

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我非常感谢!Do you know if "正当...的时候" a lesson on Duolingo's Chinese course?

April 9, 2018

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Oh and do you know if one of the terms is more literary than the others? Does on sound more formal?

April 9, 2018

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Formality doesn't matter here. They just sound normal.

Because 当 is often used to describe past events, it is more commonly seen in storytelling. There is also a word 当时, meaning “(at) that time, (at) that moment”.

I can't find 正当…的时候 in my browser history, so this is probably not introduced in the course.

April 10, 2018

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Ahhhh thanks so much!

April 10, 2018
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