Todays questions to be getting on with
1) How do I talk about periods of time i.e. I did something for some amount of time. e.g. I drove for 3 hours.
2) Seperable verbs seem to be getting me. I've noticed a number of times on my journal. How do I identify these? Does it work for every two sylable verb?
3) Is it usual to talk about people in numbers. My new book has three people looking for a girl but it refers to them as 三个人 all the time rather than 他们。
4）Do you have any suggestions for sentence patterns I should focus on in my journal. I started this week with
A 离 B <distance>的地方 and played with that a bit I'd like to keep doing that and add more.
trevorbJanuary 17, 2011, 09:19 PM
Excellent lesson many thanks enjoyed that and it went so quick :-)
Warm = 暖和 （这么confusing 汉字 和 有多意思！）
I keep remembering 温！shanghai sounds cold this week.
1 & 2 & 5) First I can say 我开车了四个小时
But 开车 is a seperable verb. It is seperable because it consists of a verb and a noun and therefore these can be divided to give an alternative use.
the seperable form does not get used as much as the normal.
Other seperable verbs: 见面
This is not the key to the 听得懂 - 听不懂 pattern and to use this with 开车 you add a 了
例子: 开不了车 = can't drive 开得了车=can drive
I belive applied to when you have the skill but can't drive for another reason or it would be 不会开车？
The other time thing is to remember that to do something needs time. Thus 开车从我家到Norwich要四个小时。
Or if you are just trying to express how long a flight is you can say 飞机要二十个小时半。
4) Suggestion for the sentence pattern is comparison
A 比 B comparitor
例子：今天上海比Horsham冷 or 今天上海比Horsham不暖和
Can also use the 有version of comparion.
今天上海没有Horsham的暖和 and 今天Horsham没有上海的冷
Or better still both.
vocab 看一查 to look at and check...