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Post time 2014-5-21 16:19:07 |Display all floors
Thank every member who answered readers' questions from last time. Chinese English learners from Wechat are very happy to recieve your replies. Here are more questions from them:

1. What do people say when they want to share the cost of a dinner together? How many ways can they express it? Chinese people refer to it as "AA". One explanation I found online says "AA" is short for "Algebraic Average." Is that true? Do you know the origin?

2. Could you introduce some popular foreign e-commerce websites like the Taobao.com we use in China?

3. What are the most misused words in English, even by native speakers?

The previous rounds:
http://bbs.chinadaily.com.cn/thread-966834-1-1.html
http://bbs.chinadaily.com.cn/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=963247&extra=page%3D1
http://bbs.chinadaily.com.cn/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=959318&extra=page%3D1
http://bbs.chinadaily.com.cn/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=956074&highlight=English%2Bexperts

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Post time 2014-5-21 17:20:21 |Display all floors
For sharing cost of a meal in a restaurant, a colloquial term is: Let's go Dutch.So that is one option but might fool some companions if not familiar with it! Westerners are familiar with it. One that is clearer is simply to say: let's  split it ..or let's split the bill. Pretty clear in any group. One can also say let's go halves but it only strictly makes sense with two people! One has to get it right with the waiter if several people by saying: Separate cheques (checks) please!  If with a friend you regularly dine out with, many folks will prefer to say : (after picking up the bill to look at) : this is on me, your turn next time. That can be an easier way of being fair.
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Post time 2014-5-21 18:32:39 |Display all floors
On mis-used words in English I have put up a few blogs on this topic. It really is a big area .. There are mis-used individual words and mis-used phrases where the phrase does not have is literal meaning. One problem though is defining mis-use as there can be disagreements over whether only the authoritative Oxford Dictionary or its equivalent is the valid source - sometimes uses get modified so that a mis-use becomes acceptable. Some will say .. So long as the other person understands, that is what counts. However to give one that annoys me .. Irregardless! This is mixing two different terms. Respective and regardless. You can say irrespective but there is no word irregardless (unless its use become so common we accept it! )
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Post time 2014-5-21 18:45:05 |Display all floors
On e-commerce sites, my favorite anyway is Amazon!
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Post time 2014-5-22 10:52:06 |Display all floors
In the west, men are generally happy to share the bill equally and irrespective of what each has consumed. Women, on the other hand, prefer to pay only for what they have ordered and right down to the last penny!

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Post time 2014-5-22 13:05:58 |Display all floors
ExileMick Post time: 2014-5-22 12:52
In the west, men are generally happy to share the bill equally and irrespective of what each has con ...

actually, the ones that eat less do that, the ones that eat more are happy the split it evenly.
I'm a little bit wrong and your a little bit right.
Everyone is entitled to my opinion.

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Post time 2014-5-22 13:44:00 |Display all floors
If you want to share the costs of a meal...say: 'let us go Dutch'
'Think for your damn selves' - Confucius

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