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Post time 2014-8-26 10:59:42 |Display all floors
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:
Why do native speakers tend to add an "-ish" after certain word? For example, 'yes…ish", "Nice…ish". Is "-y" also used in this way?

Q2:

In Chinese, we have a term ("缘分") to describe how two people are meant to meet, fall in love or become close to each other, like being driven by certain fate, or bound by some invisible power. Are there specific words in English to describe the same thing? (Is karma the word? What else?)


Q3:

Why do the British love tea so much? I found it is frequently mentioned in the British TV play and novels. It feels like having a cuppa is some national trait. What's the difference between British and Chinese tea?


Q4:

What does "you are a fine one to talk" mean? How do we use the idiom?


Q5:

Why are ships referred to as "she" in English?


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Post time 2014-8-26 11:09:20 |Display all floors
This post was edited by robert237 at 2014-8-25 19:10

Q1. ..ish means "sort of like" or "close to being".

As in, Let's meet at.. say sevenish". It means close to seven o'clock, give or take a few minutes.

Or, "he seems kind of prudish" meaning he doesn't like to be touched by female security guards.

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Post time 2014-8-26 11:31:29 |Display all floors
Q2. Destiny. As in "she was my destiny".

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Post time 2014-8-26 11:33:47 |Display all floors
Q3. Because royalty likes things that have to be gotten through military conquest.
As in "go kill as many people as you have to in order to subjugate another society and take what they like".

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Post time 2014-8-26 11:48:40 |Display all floors
This post was edited by robert237 at 2014-8-25 19:52

Q5. It's the best way to cover yourself in case you accidentally call one of your shipmates "she".
As in "she was really heaving and bucking last night... the ship that is"
Not so important in today's military.

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Post time 2014-8-26 12:00:49 |Display all floors
English tea is usually black tea, Darjeeling, Orange Pekoe or Earl Grey. The preparation process is different than tea in China.
India used to be a part of the British Empire and that is where they got/get their tea from.
You might hear a TV or movie character say: "I'll have it with tea" or "I'll be late for tea". In that case, 'tea' is a light meal, usually taken between 4 and 6 PM.
High tea - or meat tea, on the other hand, is the working class' evening meal, taken between 5 and 7PM. It consists of some sort of hot dish, followed by bread with butter and jam, and/or cakes.  
Hope this helps.
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Post time 2014-8-26 12:04:19 |Display all floors
"You're a fine one to talk!" When you do something that someone does not approve of, they might yell at you or try to make you feel bad. However, they might have done other stupid things in the past... so you can tell them: "You're a fine one to talk!"
Example:
Father: "Don't marry her. She's only after your money."
Son: "You're a fine one to talk! Didn't you marry Mother for her money?"
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