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11:35 Apr 3, 2004
Chinese to English translations [Non-PRO] Other / 中文文法
Chinese term or phrase:他在那裡學的？
Please consider the following sentence
I want to translate it as "His English, Japanese, and Mandarin are all spoken very quickly. Is he from that school?" Unfortunately I am having trouble with the phrase 他在那裡學的? There appears to be a verb missing.
Would it be more correct to write the same phrase as 他是在那裡學的？Or have I got the sense of things completely wrong?
Explanation: In the construction 是。。。的， 是 can be ommitted. So '他在那里学的’ and '他是在那里学的‘ are the same. (Practical Chinese Reader 2, The Commercial Press Beijing) So I think you have the sense of things right.
Beth Dennison United Kingdom Local time: 09:45 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 12