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(我)不知道他忙甚麼

English translation: No one knows what he is so busy doing

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Chinese term or phrase:不知道他忙甚麼
English translation:No one knows what he is so busy doing
Entered by: R. A. Stegemann
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13:23 Dec 26, 2003
Chinese to English translations [Non-PRO]
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Chinese term or phrase: (我)不知道他忙甚麼
Consider the following sentence and please tell me, who it is that does not know. Is it the Chinese teacher, or the speaker?

那位教中文的先生,每個禮拜都很忙,不知道他忙甚麼。

I have translated the phrase 他忙甚麼 to mean "he is busy doing something". If I am mistaken, then my entire question is probably inappropriate.
R. A. Stegemann
Saudi Arabia
Local time: 03:51
My suggestion
Explanation:
那位教中文的先生,每個禮拜都很忙,不知道他忙甚麼。
That gentleman, who teaches Chinese, is very busy every week and I don't know what is he busy with.

It is the speaker who does not know, not the Chinese teacher. Sorry Hamo.... but I am afraid 他忙甚麼 is not "he is busy doing something". Let's hear what the others have to say. Maybe my interpretation is incorrect here. :p
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Denyce Seow
Singapore
Local time: 02:51
Grading comment
For this one you are lucky, because I would have chosen Fu Xiao Ping's answer had he provided it separately. His answer clearly shows that my confusion was justified.

As no one objected to your criticism of my interpretation of 甚麼, I do thank you for the additional correction, however.

You appear to be developing a significant following,and I am very grateful to both you and your admirers (wink!)
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Explanation:
那位教中文的先生,每個禮拜都很忙,不知道他忙甚麼。
That gentleman, who teaches Chinese, is very busy every week and I don't know what is he busy with.

It is the speaker who does not know, not the Chinese teacher. Sorry Hamo.... but I am afraid 他忙甚麼 is not "he is busy doing something". Let's hear what the others have to say. Maybe my interpretation is incorrect here. :p

Denyce Seow
Singapore
Local time: 02:51
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 1380
Grading comment
For this one you are lucky, because I would have chosen Fu Xiao Ping's answer had he provided it separately. His answer clearly shows that my confusion was justified.

As no one objected to your criticism of my interpretation of 甚麼, I do thank you for the additional correction, however.

You appear to be developing a significant following,and I am very grateful to both you and your admirers (wink!)

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  HymnLau
10 mins

agree  Kaxia
2 hrs

agree  isahuang
4 hrs

agree  Xiaoping Fu: Nobody knows what is he busy with.
4 hrs

agree  English Chinese Medical Translator - Jimmy Deng
6 hrs

agree  chica nueva: The man who teaches Chinese is very busy every week, but I have no idea what he busies himself with/over. (This is not standard English, but gives you the sense)
6 hrs
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