I am not a native English speaker. I got a question in one of my English language test exam. The question is How important a part of your week are your free-time activities?

Can anyone tell me what is exactly the question looking for? Can anyone translate this in a simple form?

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    How important is your leisure activity compared to the rest of your week? – David M Oct 18 '19 at 4:11
  • But how could I compare an activity (here free-time activity) with a whole week? I can compare one activity to another. Like I can compare swimming with ski diving because they are in same category. On the other hand, I can compare between days in a week like Monday and Wednesday. Could you please explain? – Encipher Oct 18 '19 at 18:28
  • They want to know how much time you spend doing leisure activities and how much you value it as part of your week. – David M Oct 18 '19 at 18:34
  • It is an oddly worded question. The "parts" of the week referred to would be the way you spend your time. How important is the time you spend on free-time activities compared to the time you spend on other activities such as work, sleep etc? – weissj Oct 18 '19 at 21:53
  • It's awkardly worded, but the kind of answer it is looking for is a very important part (of my week) or not a very important part. – Colin Fine Nov 25 '19 at 12:11

The sentence could be rephrased as follows:

How important is it for you to have a part of your week for your free-time activities?


...to have time for your free-time activities?

I'm not a native speaker of English, too, so I may be wrong :) I have found an answer to the question on the internet:

Examiner: How important a part of your week are your free-time activities?

Candidate: Actually, not really that important. Perhaps if I was working, my time off would be the most important part of the week in some ways, but because I'm a student, I don't so much feel the need to let my hair down at the weekends. I enjoy most of the time I'm studying, too. It's not like doing a stressful job.

The candidate's answer words "not really that", "the most" suggest that the question is about the level of importance.

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  • Thanks for your suggestion. I already saw that answer on the internet. The answer is clear but not the question. – Encipher Oct 18 '19 at 18:25

The sentence in question looks a little tricky. To help you see its meaning easily, I'm going to try a couple of sentence changes.

Free-time activities are an important part.

This sentence can be changed into a question below.

How important a part are free-time activities?

This question is asking your judgment on the importance of the activities. So, if you add words for details, you will get the sentence in your question.

How important a part /of your week/ are /your free-time activities?

I hope this helps you grasp the meaning of the sentence.

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  • I'm not sure that your first two sample "sentences" actually clarify anything because they aren't complete. – KillingTime Oct 18 '19 at 7:26
  • They are just samples or preliminary sentences to go to the final one. I arbitrarily constructed them to show in what process the question was created according to my understanding. So, they may be incomplete in terms of meaning. – urwords66 Oct 18 '19 at 7:36

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