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time location in a sentence

Posted by kenmandu January 30, 2010 in the Group General Discussion .

If I say "Tomorrow he will be here", the time reference is at the beginning of the sentence, as I would expect:

Míngtiān tā zài zhèli.

But if I say "He will be here in 20 minutes", the time reference goes at the end of the sentence, as in:

Tā zài zhèli èrshí fēnzhōng.

Can anyone explain to me why this is? Thanks!


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