发表于 2016-9-28 04:37:28
#15 roddy |
- 17,490 posts
Posted 20 September 2016 - 06:08 PM
当 as 'being just at time or place' is pronounced with 4 tone
as 'during, when' is pronounced with 1 tone.
Perhaps a clearer way of explaining this...
当。。。的时候, first tone, to all intents and purposes can be regarded as 'when'
当 fourth tone can combine with 日，地，月 to mean something like 'the same, this/that' - ie, 当地时间 is 'local time' - which could mean 'here', but could also be the place under discussion. What time do we get to New York? Local time will be.... Similarly, you might be able to borrow something any day next week, but you'll need to return it 当日。
I like the idea that dictionaries are 'only' references. They're reference books.