A time-measure complement is added to explain the period of time that an action or behavior experiences or lasts, time-measure complement is usually made up of words or phrases indicating time periods, such as “one year, two months, three weeks, four days, five hours, ten minutes”, etc.,
Its usual structure is: subject+verb+了+ time-measure complement(+ object)
我当了五年记者。I worked as a reporter for five years.
Wǒ dāngle wǔ nián jìzhě.
我当了六年医生。I have been a doctor for six years.
Wǒ dāngle liù nián yīshēng.
他学了三个月中文。He studied Chinese for three months.
Tā xuéle sān gè yuè zhōngwén.
她看了一小时书。She read for an hour.
Tā kànle yī xiǎoshí shū.
他坐了四十分钟车。He took a 40-minute car ride.
Tā zuòle sìshí fēnzhōng chē.
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