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Post time 2014-5-22 13:49:45 |Display all floors
Misused words: 1. Literary - only use that word when you have concrete comparison - so dont say 'am literary crying' when you are not

2. cannot is one word... not can not
3. No means no... so if you have not eaten and someone asks you: 'You have not eaten, right? ' the answer is No.. don't go positive

4. Sorry  - am sorry i cannot explain this well...in this sentence I am not really sorry and the use of sorry here is insincere and thus wrong

5. There is no word in English called 'So-so' so your English is never 'just so-so'
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Post time 2014-5-22 14:20:06 |Display all floors
Some of the common misused words in English, even by native speakers:

"alot" (non-existent word)
Should be: "a lot" (meaning a great deal)

"inflammable"
This dangerous word should NEVER be used because it means BOTH "to catch fire" and "not to catch fire"!
Use "flammable" and "nonflammable" instead to avoid the dangerous ambiguity!

"irregardless"
This word is regarded as incorrect in standard English.
"Irregardless" means the same as the word "regardless" as the negative prefix ir- merely duplicates the suffix -less, and is unnecessary.

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mutafire Post time: 2014-5-22 05:44
If you want to share the costs of a meal...say: 'let us go Dutch'

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The phrase let's go Dutch has two meanings. The general colloquial meaning of let's split a meal cost. However some say that strictly it means let's each pay for just what we ordered. So two folks eat out and one orders 80 rmb food and the other 120 rmb. They do not each pay 100 rmb. Each pays their own order. This  can be achieved by asking waiter for separate checks! However in China that does not fit with family style eating, also typical Indian and other Asian eating. People like to share dishes. Who can say each person ate?  Even in the a west, where we often order and eat our own dishes, it is nice to share a bottle of wine, so who pays for that? Strictly going Dutch is too much trouble in my view. However splitting a bill is quite fair.
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Post time 2014-5-22 22:07:18 |Display all floors
mutafire Post time: 2014-5-22 13:49
Misused words: 1. Literary - only use that word when you have concrete comparison - so dont say 'am  ...

Both Cannot and "Can not" are acceptable. Cannot historically is a contraction of the worlds "can not".

"So-So" has been in use for centuries, since the mid 16th Century to be exact. See http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/so-so

The use of "Sorry" in this context is also correct in English usage. It's used as a stative verb in this context.

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Post time 2014-5-22 22:10:56 |Display all floors
In English the most common general term for sharing a bill is "going Dutch"
You can also use "split the bill X ways where X is the number of people present and eating or drinking etc.
Another common term is "Each pays their share" this reflects the exact amount of money for each dish a person ate plus sundries such as drinks etc.

Popular e-commerce sites.
Ebay.com
Amazon.com
Gumtree.com

Ebay is the model for Taobao by the way. Taobao used the same concepts techniques though with a Chinese look and feel to the site.
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