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 MOD

    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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