Saying dates...

Jaime_Andres

Hello all, I'm currently studying lesson 1.3 Meeting For Coffee and I'm just very confused regarding the second line of the script: Pinyin: Jīntiān shíyuè shísìhào xīngqīèr。Zhège xīngqī nǐ mángma? Chinese: 今天是十月十四号星期二。这个星期你忙吗? If you notice, right before 十月 there's 是, which it makes sense if you read the script word by word. But if you notice in the pinyin version (and the audio as well), that shi (是) is not there! They dont write it, neither do they say it. I'm confused... :( Are you supposed to write it and not say it? Someone help please... Lin Ping... ? :(

Jaime_Andres

Anyone? 请。。。。

Sigma46

According to "Chinese, a Compressive Grammer" by Yip Po-Ching and Don Rimmington, if the predicative is an item which indicates time, date, age, height, weight etc, shi (是) is often omitted, e.g. jingtian (shi) shi yue er hao. So it looks like the pinyin and chinese versions are both acceptable.

Jaime_Andres

谢谢 Sigma46!

Lin-Ping

" shi " should be there. It is a TYPO. Sorry for the confusion. Sigma 46 is right too in pointing out that sometimes we do omit "shi".

Jaime_Andres

I'm still confused, do you mean that 是 should be in the audio and Pinying? Or do you mean that it should NOT be in the chinese script?

Lin-Ping

Pinyin: Jīntiān shi shiyuè shísìhào xīngqīèr。Zhège xīngqī nǐ mángma? Chinese: 今天是十月十四号星期二。这个星期你忙吗? This one is the right one. Sorry for the confusion. How to add tones to pinyin, sorry I do not know. HELP!

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