position of duōcháng shíjiān

Michael-K122 October 7, 2015, 2:09 pm
Is it possible to say Nǐ duōcháng shíjiān xuéxí Hànyǔ le? 
instead of Nǐ xuéxí Hànyǔ duōcháng shíjiān le?  If not, what
is the rule for positioning adverbial expressions?  Thanks
very much.   Mike
position of duōcháng shíjiān
Robert-C7 October 7, 2015, 2:35 pm
I am guessing probably not.  One rule I have learned is that
word order does not change when asking a question.  One
answers the question by replacing the question phrase with the
answer.  So, if I ask "you have studied Chinese how long", you
answer "I have studied Chinese for two years".  In this case,
the "duōcháng shíjiān" is replaced with "liǎng nián".
position of duōcháng shíjiān
Robert-C7 October 7, 2015, 6:25 pm
Here is a link to a page describing placement of question words:

http://resources.allsetlearning.com/chinese/grammar/Placement_of_question_words

It doesn't directly answer your question but it is useful to read.
position of duōcháng shíjiān

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