expressing time

October 21, 2013, 12:04 AM posted in General Discussion

Is this correct, or is there a better way to say it:


I am not sure about how to express "in an hour" in Chinese. Thanks for the help in advance!

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October 21, 2013, 01:41 AM

There are two phrases that could be translated as "in an hour", depending if you mean "within an hour" or "after an hour". 

within an hour = 一个小时之内

after an hour = 一个小时以后

The example that you gave is correct, but it's saying that "we" will arrive in Shanghai after an hour. If you want to say that "we" will arrive in Shanghai within the hour, you should use the ...之内 construction.

I hope this helps!

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I thought the 了 in the sentence wasn't necessary? I would maybe expect it if it was "以后就要到上海了“, I'm not sure