Time expression + 没 + Verb (+ 了)

I have a test in Chinese class later today, so this post and the next are a couple of things the teacher told us will be on the test.

Chapter 18 of Integrated Chinese*, page 231 (运动 – Sports), the Dialogue I section describes the
following formula:

Time expression + 没 + Verb (+ 了)

It’s used to describe an activity that hasn’t been performed for a certain amount of time. They have several examples, one of which is:

He hasn’t gone online for three days.

On Page 232 it offers a counter example, showing how long something has been happening:

I have studied the Chinese language for two years.

Really? I haven’t studied the Chinese language for two years.

The point of these practice exercises is for me to come up with come of my own sentences using the formula they described, so mine are below.

I haven’t studied French for five years.

I haven’t drunk coffee for the past day.

It hasn’t snowed for a week.

I haven’t been to Norway for two years.

Gao Wenzhong hasn’t called Bai Ying-ai for four days.

* Integrated Chinese, Level 1, Part 2, Third Edition

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