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English translation: spend on it

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Chinese term or phrase:花 在那裡
English translation:spend on it
Entered by: R. A. Stegemann
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10:41 Jan 26, 2004
Chinese to English translations [Non-PRO]
Linguistics / 中文文法
Chinese term or phrase: B花在C (UTF-8)
The below sentence provides several important grammatical challenges that I will render in three separate questions

我的房租貴得很,每月的錢大半花在那裡。

Question 3: Is the phrase 在那裡 best thought of in this context as a verb or prepositional phrase?

I have translated the entire sentence to read: "My rent is very expensive; it costs more than half my monthly income to live there".
R. A. Stegemann
Saudi Arabia
Local time: 11:33
B is spent on it
Explanation:
在那裡 here refers to the "rent" itself. It means over half of the income is allocated to that cost.

Substitue with another item may make its meaning become clearer.
我的保險貴得很, 每月的錢大半花在那裡。
Insurance is very expensive, over half of my monthly income is spent ON IT.
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Kvasir
Canada
Local time: 20:33
Grading comment
Thanks Kvasir. I was obviously hitting in the wrong court.
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4 +5B is spent on it
Kvasir


  

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B is spent on it


Explanation:
在那裡 here refers to the "rent" itself. It means over half of the income is allocated to that cost.

Substitue with another item may make its meaning become clearer.
我的保險貴得很, 每月的錢大半花在那裡。
Insurance is very expensive, over half of my monthly income is spent ON IT.

Kvasir
Canada
Local time: 20:33
Native speaker of: Native in ChineseChinese
Grading comment
Thanks Kvasir. I was obviously hitting in the wrong court.

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