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Mini-Test: 点(钟) (diǎn (zhōng))

Apr. 17, 2012

Beginner Level 初级 (chūjí)

The correct answer for the question is B.

Translation

         Zhège huìyì dìng zài shénme shíhou le?
Mike: 这个    会议   定     在  什么      时候   了?

 

         When will the conference be held?

         Míngtiān zǎoshang shídiǎn (zhōng).
Amy: 明天        早上           十点      (钟)。

 

         At ten o’clock tomorrow morning.

Analysis:

In Chinese, the term “小时 (xiǎoshí)” means a period of time, not a specific point in time. However, the term “点(钟)  (diǎn (zhōng))” represents a specific point in time. So when you refer to a specific point in time, you should say, for example: 十点 (shídiǎn), which means ten o’clock, not 十小时 (shí xiǎoshí), which means ten hours. “分钟 (fēnzhōng)” means minute(s).

Example:

Xiànzài shì liǎngdiǎn (zhōng), diànyǐng hái yǒu liǎngge xiǎoshí jiù kāishǐ le.
现在      是     两点        (钟), 电影  还    有    两个     小时   就  开始 了。

 

It’s two o’clock now, and the film will begin in two hours.

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