How would one say "over the past few weeks/days"?

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How would one say "over the past few weeks/days"?

Post by Sivak » Fri 05.15.2009 1:09 am

Well, topic pretty much says it all.

But if I wanted to say the following, how would I do it?
Over the past few weeks...
Over the past few days...
For the past month or so...

I had a guess for this situation:
"For the past two weeks or so..."
略2週は。。。 though I'm probably wrong.

Thank you for any information!

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Re: How would one say "over the past few weeks/days"?

Post by becki_kanou » Fri 05.15.2009 2:35 am

You can say ここ数週間 or 数日間 etc.
そうだ、嬉しいんだ、生きる喜び!
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Re: How would one say "over the past few weeks/days"?

Post by Mike Cash » Fri 05.15.2009 4:12 am

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Re: How would one say "over the past few weeks/days"?

Post by becki_kanou » Fri 05.15.2009 7:03 am

Mike Cash wrote:最近
Too true.
そうだ、嬉しいんだ、生きる喜び!
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Re: How would one say "over the past few weeks/days"?

Post by Hyperworm » Fri 05.15.2009 9:54 am

数週間 also works.
(but it seems to get fewer hits... more when you use 2週間 instead though ._.)
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Re: How would one say "over the past few weeks/days"?

Post by Sivak » Fri 05.15.2009 1:23 pm

Hello. I see. 数 functions like "several", which is nice. I kind of feel silly since I saw something in Genki a little bit ago about this sort of topic.

So to be sure I fully understand...

僕は日本語を3週間ぐらい勉強しました。
"I've been studying Japanese for approx. 3 weeks" ???

僕は日本語を数週間勉強しました。
"I've been studying Japanese for several weeks" ???

Is this right? Thank you!

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Re: How would one say "over the past few weeks/days"?

Post by Yudan Taiteki » Fri 05.15.2009 2:13 pm

Sivak wrote:Hello. I see. 数 functions like "several", which is nice. I kind of feel silly since I saw something in Genki a little bit ago about this sort of topic.

So to be sure I fully understand...

僕は日本語を3週間ぐらい勉強しました。
"I've been studying Japanese for approx. 3 weeks" ???
"I studied Japanese for about three weeks."
僕は日本語を数週間勉強しました。
"I've been studying Japanese for several weeks" ???
"I studied Japanese for several weeks."

(Notice that there's a past tense in your Japanese but no past tense in your English.)
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Re: How would one say "over the past few weeks/days"?

Post by Sivak » Fri 05.15.2009 2:31 pm

I see. Yes, I knew that I was using the past tense and I know about the interpretation you mentioned.

I was wondering if this could also be interpreted as "have been studying" or is that another grammar point I'll be finding out later? 8)

Thanks for the info, folks.

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Re: How would one say "over the past few weeks/days"?

Post by Yudan Taiteki » Fri 05.15.2009 2:32 pm

Sivak wrote:I was wondering if this could also be interpreted as "have been studying"
No, it cannot be interpreted that way. You will probably learn about -te iru later.
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