I just realised that I don't know how to express duration in Chinese, the sentence that I want to say is:
"This event lasts for a few days"
I don't know the most natural way to say this, can someone help me? I sure there is more than one way to say this.
xiaophilMay 17, 2012, 09:59 AM
I don't know if it is the best way or even correct, but I would say 这个活动要几天.
I do know that Chinese would say 开车要五分钟 (it takes five minutes by car). But somehow it seems like your example is just different enough that it might have another way.
I bet you could say 我们要举行几天活动 (we are holding an event for several days), but of course this won't work if you want to avoid saying who is holding the event.
Just had an idea, 这是一个几天举行的活动.
Yeah, this is a hole in my knowledge too. I'm just firing blind shots. I hope someone gives you the correct, definitive answer.
couchboyMay 18, 2012, 12:36 AM
Thanks for this, but this is expressing duration with a specific verb which is already easy enough, but I want to express something "lasting for". In English we have the verbs "to last for" or "to go on for" which express a duration, I was just wanting to know if Chinese has an equivilant.