时间 / 时候 / 时光

Discussion in '中文+方言 (Chinese)' started by Staarkali, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Staarkali

    Staarkali Senior Member

    Hello all,

    I currently use 时间 to translate time, especially as a period, and 时候 in expression like 什么时候,小时候 or 有时候; but then I discover there is a word 时光 and I wonder when to use it: common? more written? more oral?

    Any help appreciated !
     
  2. xiaolijie

    xiaolijie Senior Member

    UK
    English (UK)
    时光 is mostly the equivalent of 时间 but tends to be more formal or poetic.
     
  3. Skatinginbc

    Skatinginbc Senior Member

    Canada
    Mandarin 國語
    时光:
    1) A span of time marked by similar events, conditions, or phenomena; an era. For instance, Happy times 幸福时光, Good times 美好时光, Childhood days 童年时光, Days of true love 纯爱时光, etc.
    2) A person's experience on a certain occasion. For instance, a wonderful time 一段好时光.
     
  4. Staarkali

    Staarkali Senior Member

    ok thanks to you too!
     

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