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Answer to Take a Quiz to Know When to Use Time Measure Words

Nov. 29, 2017

Answer: B

暂时 (zànshí): temporary; for the time being; for the present; for a while.

临时 (línshí): temporary; for a short time.

These two words both have a meaning similar to ”temporary”, but there are differences when using them in specific sentences.

Differences between “暂时 (zànshí)” and “临时 (línshí)”:
临时 means “at the instant something happens”. When you use “临时 (línshí)”, you indicate that something “wasn’t part of the plan”. “临时 (línshí)” is unplanned.

Example:
Zhè gè huìyì shì línshí juédìng de.
这   个 会议  是  临时    决定   的。
This meeting is called spontaneously.

On the other hand, “暂时 (zànshí)” usually refers to an unclear period of recent time.

Example:
Zhè tào fángzi wǒ hěn xǐhuān, zànshí bù xiǎng mài.
这   套   房子   我  很   喜欢,  暂时   不   想    卖。
I like this house very much and I don’t want to sell it for the time being.

时间 (shíjiān): time; hour.

In Chinese, “临时工 (línshígōng)” is a common phrase which means “casual laborers or temporary workers”. “临时 (línshí)” can be used to express that something is “informal”. “时间/暂时” can not be used with “工” together in Chinese. Therefore, B is the correct answer.

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