long time; quite a while

long time; quite a while; half of the day
S: 半天
T: 半天
Pinyin: bàntiān

MW: 个 | 個 (gè)

SAMPLE SENTENCES:
费了半天劲才划到岸边.
Fèile bàntiān jìn cái huà dào àn biān.
It was a long pull to the shore.
他给我解释了半天, 但我还是不明白.
Tā gěi wǒ jiěshìle bàntiān, dàn wǒ háishì bù míngbái.
I’m none the wiser for his explanation.
我们(各处)找了半天, 却找不到那本书.
Wǒmen (gè chù) zhǎole bàntiān, què zhǎo bù dào nà běnshū.
We searched (everywhere) for hours, but couldn’t find the book.
他们看了那部电影半天了.
Tāmen kànle nà bù diànyǐng bàntiānle.
They’ve been watching that film for ages.

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