sjortzikSeptember 07, 2009, 09:25 PM
Dear Crystal, maybe you can help me with a few questions. Regarding "Newbie - What time is it? Expansion". Why would you need the 在 in 你现在在上班吗? Wouldn't 现在 already express "now"? In 他昨天是几点来的？, why do we need the 是 and the 的? Can you also just say 他昨天几点来？Where is the difference between 的 and 得? Thank you. Best regards, Stephan.
crystal_counselorSeptember 08, 2009, 02:17 AM
hi, "你现在在上班吗" here 在 is not in , actually, it should be 正在， we put 正在 before the verb to mean be doing something now, and you can omit 正， so 我正在吃饭or 我在吃饭 both can mean " i am eating." as we know, chinese doesnt have tense, so here “ 你现在上班吗？” still makes sense because of 现在。
crystal_counselorSeptember 08, 2009, 03:25 AM
and "是。。。。的“ it's optional.
people use this pattern to emphasize "when", "where","who", "how" and so on. for example,你是什么时候来的？ 我是三点来的。
sjortzikOctober 07, 2009, 08:21 PM
A brief question regarding newbie "How long?". The expansion section contains two, from my perspective very similar sentences. First: 他说话很快。Second: 他跑得不快. Whereas the first sentence seems to work without 得, the second sentence contains the 得. Where is the difference that requires the second sentence to contain the 得? Thanks.