Expressing duration of inaction
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|Is used for||Expressing duration, Referring to the past|
Saying how long you have done something is pretty simple in Chinese. Saying how long you have not done something is just as easy.
Expressing how long something has not been done is slightly different to expressing the duration of an action.
Subject + Duration + 没 + Verb + Object + 了
So now the duration comes right after the subject and 了 is at the end of the sentence. The verb has to be negated with 没, as the action hasn't happened.
- 他 已经 三 天 没 洗澡 了。He has already gone three days without showering.
- 我 两年 没 抽烟 了。It's been two years since I smoked.
- 他们 两天 没 吃饭 了。They haven't eaten for two days.
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