Soomin 珉珉
The expression "时间不早了“ Hello. Currently I'm watching Zhen Huan Zhuan, and the expression "时间不早了" comes out a lot. Is this used in modern Chinese now? If not, could you tell me relevant expressions?
Dec 1, 2016 9:45 AM
Answers · 7
-The expression is still in common use, especially when you wanna end a conversation and express your intention indirectly to the other person. -For example, you're getting tired of talking with your friend on the phone and need to get back to work, then you can say" 时间不早了 and I have to finish my work" or when you're working late at the office and wanna end it, then you speak to your partner " 时间不早了 so I need to go home. Let's continue tomorrow". You would sound more tactful and polite with this expression to suggest your leaving. I hope it makes sense. If you have any more questions, let me know.
December 1, 2016
yes, now we still use it. you will say it when you want to leave or want to do another thing. sometimes really time's up. sometimes it's really you don't have time to keep doing this, you must have to do another thing. but sometimes, it's just an excuse. so it depends. and yes we use it a lot in our daily life.
December 3, 2016
时间不早了,时候不早了,不早了
December 1, 2016
This is the spoken language,you could also say “时候不早了”
December 1, 2016
This is the spoken language,you could also say “时候不早了”
December 1, 2016
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Soomin 珉珉
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, Japanese, Korean
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, Japanese