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Why is 在 used in this sentence?

Why is there 在 "她喜欢在喝酒后抽烟。"?

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May 14, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/WillowsofXihu

In this case, the 在 expresses the "when" of "smoking" and is a set with 后 to mean after; it does not express present progressive but rather sets up the circumstance under which "She likes to smoke".

"在......后": after (doing) ___
"在喝酒(之)后": after drinking
"她喜欢在喝酒后抽烟。": She likes to smoke after drinking/She likes to smoke after she drinks.

May 14, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Abwings

“She likes to be doing this before she does that.” This sentence generally means “she likes to smoke before she drinks”. In Chinese, the 在 gives the meaning that she wants to smoke before she drinks, and therefore stands as a “be” in a sentence. Does all that make sense??

May 21, 2018
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