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Making Sense of Grammar
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时(shí)间(jiān) is the human’s cognition towards time, which can be expressed in the form of second, day, week, month, year and century. 时(shí)候(hou) means ‘moment’, which is used as the specific time. For example,

写文章需要很长的时间

Xiě          wénzhāng    xūyào      hěn                    cháng   de    shíjiān

Write          essay        need   evaluative marker  long               time

It will take a long time to write an essay

写文章的时候,我不想被打扰

Xiě         wénzhāng   de   shíhou   wǒ    bù       xiǎng    bèi   dǎrǎo

Write            essay         moment    I     don’t     want         bother

I don’t want to be bothered when writing an essay.

引自:彭小川,李守纪,王红. 对外汉语教学语法释疑201例. 北京:商务印书馆,2004.
answered Nov 9, 2020 by Mickey (7,400 points)

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