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I want to say "what kind of evening are you having?". I think 何で can be used, but I dont know how to fit evening into the sentence structure. I have:


Is this right? Would the sentence structure be similar in general?

"What kind of X do you have?"

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Can you give the context you have in mind? This going to dictate what expression you use. It sounds like you want to walk up people at a party your giving and ask 'how is going? are you having a good time?' – Tim Dec 8 '13 at 4:07
@Tim - Yes thats pretty close. Its actually slang I use with a friend. So I was looking for a close literal translation. But a party context will work – P.Brian.Mackey Dec 8 '13 at 13:42
@P.Brian.Mackey Oh then it would be more like 楽しんでる? maybe? – user1016 Dec 8 '13 at 14:47
&ちょこれーと - Your answer works. "どんな" was the part tripping me up. – P.Brian.Mackey Dec 8 '13 at 15:14

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何でイブニングがあるか?sounds to me like "Why are there evenings?".
"What kind of~" would be "どんな~", and "What kind of X do you have?" literally translates to どんなXを持っていますか. e.g.

どんなドレスを持っていますか? What kind of dress do you have?

When you ask how one's spending their time I think you could say


...normally in writing.

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If it is already the evening ("How is your evening? Having fun?"), you can say:


(inspired by ちょこれーと's comment)

If it is not the evening already ("What are your plans for this evening?"):


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Never heard a Japanese speaker say 今晩楽しんでる?. Can't imagine one saying it, either. – l'électeur Dec 10 '13 at 11:57
@TokyoNagoya: Thanks for your feedback. I was thinking about 今日楽しんでる (which is not rare) but I should not have adapted to 今晩. – Nicolas Raoul Dec 10 '13 at 12:10
@Tokyo Nagoya, I trust your expertise, but could you explain why using 今晩 there would be so unnatural? (I know we are making literal translations from english which obviously is unnatural but if you would elucidate your criticism for my benefit, I would be greatly appreciative.) – yadokari Dec 10 '13 at 18:52
@yadokari: A Google search for my initial sentence leads to only 7 results... Google is my expertise checker :-) – Nicolas Raoul Dec 11 '13 at 1:00
I have learned from Sawa Sensei that Google as an expertise checker is untrustworthy. – yadokari Dec 11 '13 at 5:38

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