"What time is it now?"


June 4, 2018



I see it accepts "现在几点钟" but in another example, it doesn't let us remove the "钟" What is the difference, if any?

June 4, 2018


They're generally interchangeable, with 几点 being maybe just slightly less formal than 几点钟. Other than that, the only context that comes to my mind where "几点钟" might be preferred over "几点" is an extremely contrived one, where "点" may also be used as a classifier for ideas and it's ambiguous whether "几点" means "what time" or "how many ideas".

June 13, 2018
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