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Given the spacial and temporal use of ZAI (在), can we find its counterpart in English?

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If ZAI (在) is viewed as a spacial preposition, it can be translated into prepositions such as “at” or “in.” For example, the phrase “在家” can be translated into “at home.”

If ZAI (在) is a progressive marker, the counterpart in English should be the present ongoing tense. For instance, the phrase “他在讀書” can be translated into “He is reading a book.”

answered Apr 18, 2018 by admin (25,170 points)
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