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Is it acceptable to say this in Chinese? In English if we want to say we have done something lots of times we will often use very big numbers to express that. For example; I seen this film hundreds of times, I've seen it a million times etc. Is it acceptable to do that in Chinese? Can I say 我已经看过这部电影数百/数千/数百万次 for example, or would it be taken too literally?
Jun 6, 2013 9:38 AM
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Absolutely ok!!!its very common saying like this in china.
June 6, 2013
yes u can say that. however, ur phrase is used for the formal case because u used 数 + number + 次. for informal cases, we just say 几+百/千/万/十万/百万+次 so u could say, 我已经看过这部电影 几百次了 or 几万次了 or 几亿次了 etc moreover, u should say 这部电影我已经看过几百次了。 this is totally "chinese-informal-case-style". for example, ur friend asks u: "你看过这部电影吗?" u can response like this: “这部电影我已经看过几万次了” or just simply say“我已经看过几万次了” u see, in this kind of "question-answer" case, if the question is ended by a noun, the answer normally is begun by the same noun to highlight the noun which is asked.
June 6, 2013
Yes, you can say that. Native speakers usually use hundred百,thousand千,ten thousand万,but a million times百万次 may sound weird to native ears.
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Teacher Beth
Language Skills
Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), English, French, German
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Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German