I was <away for a week> in Beijing.

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Silver

Senior Member
Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
Hi,

I also have a question about "away for + time", the other day someone talked to me; he's my neighbor. He told me he didn't see me for a week (I went to Beijing) and I said:

I was away for a week in Beijing.

I wonder if it sounds natural.

Thoughts:

I might answer "I went to Beijing for a week", but I eagerly want to know if my new try is natural, thanks a lot.
 
  • Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    Your try is perfectly natural, Silver.

    What isn't natural is He told me he didn't see me for a week (I went to Beijing). In BE that would have to be He told me he hadn't seen me for a week (I went to Beijing).

    When shifting the tense of the verb, you need the correct auxiliary.
     

    Silver

    Senior Member
    Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
    Thanks a lot

    I wonder if I can say "I was away for Beijing in a week" to express the same idea that "I went to Beijing and stayed there for a whole week"?
     

    SwissPete

    Senior Member
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    But away is not necessary. In fact, that you were away is obvious,

    You could just as well say: "I was in Beijing for a week."
     

    Silver

    Senior Member
    Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect
    But away is not necessary. In fact, that you were away is obvious,

    You could just as well say: "I was in Beijing for a week."
    Thanks a lot

    TT says "I was away for a week in Beijing" is perfectly natural, I wonder these two "I was away for a week in Beijing" and "I was in Beijing for a week" are basically the same?
     
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