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Thank every member who answered readers' questions last time. Chinese English learners from Wechat are very happy to recieve your replies. Here are more questions from them:
Q1:
Is marihuana legal in your country? What's your point of view on marihuana legalization?

Q2:

What's the difference between "rat" and "mouse"?

Q3:

In many English sentences "feature" is used somewhat like "have". Doesn't it mean "characteristics"?

Q4:

Many European royals have I, II, even VIII after their names, for example Elizabeth I, Elizabeth II, Henry VIII. Where do these come from?

Q5:

In China people tend to use "I 服了(fule) you" to express that he was totally beaten by another person's remarks or behaviors. What do you guys say when you feel this way?


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This post was edited by Ratfink at 2014-8-19 14:18

Q1:
Is marihuana legal in your country? What's your point of view on marihuana legalization?

It's not legal to possess in most states in Australia however possession of a small quantity is not a criminal offense in several states.

Q2:

What's the difference between "rat" and "mouse"?

Both are rodents.

Mice are a smaller mammal of the rodent family.  The name "mouse" derives from the Latin Mus which is their genus.  Rats belong to the genus Rattus and are considerably larger physically.

Q3
Like  many English words, "Feature" has several meanings, but is best summed up with this: A feature is a distinctive attribute or aspect of something.  

So it can be used to emphasis any distinctive feature.

eg: The person has distinctive facial features.   
This case against the accused has many strange features that are not easy to explain.
The sculpture features fine details in the carving of the hair.
The chat we had featured explicit language, comedy and tragedy.

Q4:

Many European royals have I, II, even VIII after their names, for example Elizabeth I, Elizabeth II, Henry VIII. Where do these come from?

The use of numbers such as V, VI, III after Kings and Queens is used to distinguish monarchs who have the same name.  The numbering system is Roman (Latin).  It is as follows below.

I - 1
II - 2
III - 3
IV - 4
V - 5
VI - 6
VII - 7
VIII - 8
IX - 9
X - 10
XX - 20
L - 50
C - 100
D - 500
M - 1000

So Henry VIII = Henry the 8th.

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Q5:

In China people tend to use "I 服了(fule) you" to express that he was totally beaten by another person's remarks or behaviors. What do you guys say when you feel this way?

There are many expressions in English that say similar things, most are country and even region specific, so an expression used in England may not be used in the USA or Canada but may be used in Australia and so on.

If you say something someone doesn't understand, the term flummox is used, that comment flummoxed him, which means the person was extremely confused (defeated) by the meaning.

Clueless can also be used in this manner, as can "can't think straight", "dazed" "confused" "befuddled" etc.

Many of the best ones I know involve strong profanities so can't be used here.
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Post time 2014-8-19 15:03:34 |Display all floors
i think there is some problem about the fifth question;
I 服了you means i am shocked by you,but it can also express the feeling of funny, not just confused,
i think it is more complicated than confused~

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Ratfink Post time: 2014-8-19 06:12
Q1:
Is marihuana legal in your country? What's your point of view on marihuana legalization?

Totally beaten by another person's remarks .. we can say he or she was 'floored' by the remarks.
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Marihuana is not legal in UK
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Post time 2014-8-19 15:32:19 |Display all floors
Feature - yes it implies something special about an attribute or characteristic.  Something one possess which stands out - not simply something one possesses. Loses impact if word used too often.
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Post time 2014-8-19 15:33:34 |Display all floors
ColinSpeakman Post time: 2014-8-19 07:29
Totally beaten by another person's remarks .. we can say he or she was 'floored' by the remarks.

the use of 'floored' can mean both beaten and shocked so fits quite well.
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