Zhe4 ge4 shi2hou - what is it?

November 27, 2011, 02:29 PM posted in Grammar Questions


some time ago I learned shén me shí hou 什么时候 means "when?" in question.

I many QingWen podcasts I could hear Connie starting her explanation or comment with zhè gè shí hou 这个时候. But even knowing the context and listening to the English translation of what she said, I was unable to figure out what zhè gè shí hou 这个时候 actually means.

Is it something like "in this case", "when you say this it means..." or what does it actually mean? How can I use it?

Where could I find some lessons with more examples? Are there any other typical patterns composed of something + shí hou 时候 ?

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November 27, 2011, 02:44 PM

I dont remember exactly what she says but I think I can solve your problem. Her comment is something like zhe shi shuo - meaning this is said: and then she proceeds with the example. 这是说:

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November 28, 2011, 07:53 AM

Hello RJ, yes that is another one I heard :) thank you. I also heard something that could be written as (pinyin) bi-wu or bi-yi-wu but I have absolutely no idea what that is. It is always in the beginning of sentence.

I will go through the lessons and find out where it is, I am afraid my question was way too general.

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November 28, 2011, 08:24 AM

OK, I found one example. It is in Qing Wen 221 on "The Glorious 了(le): Part 1", at time roughly 3:25 Connie says something like zhè gè shíhou nǐ kěyǐ shuō... 这个时候你可以说 ... meaning "in this case you may say" (as contrary to expression where the 了 could not be used).

But sometimes (in other lessons) I was not sure she was saying "in this case".

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这个时候 means "in this case". It's often used when you are referring to a certain situation you just described.

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April 01, 2012, 01:00 PM

I think that the "bi-wu" mentioned is really "bi3ru2" 比如。- "for example"