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Post time 2014-5-24 12:16:31 |Display all floors
Jason2014 Post time: 2014-5-24 03:14
Well,from my point of view,that depends on whom I am eating with.If with my families or honey,I wo ...

Paying for a meal needs thought. However don't some Chinese "fight" over who pays before one side gives in? .. a matter of pride!
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Post time 2014-5-24 14:27:26 |Display all floors
ColinSpeakman Post time: 2014-5-24 12:16
Paying for a meal needs thought. However don't some Chinese "fight" over who pays before one side  ...

yes,some Chinese "fight" over who pays before  one side gives in,although they may be do not want to pay it.

HAHAHAHA,you are a real china hand.

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Post time 2014-5-24 19:10:41 |Display all floors
屋大维 Post time: 2014-5-24 06:27
yes,some Chinese "fight" over who pays before  one side gives in,although they may be do not want ...

Thanks! Perhaps a China Mouth too!
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Post time 2014-5-24 19:17:23 |Display all floors
teamkrejados Post time: 2014-5-23 23:30

Glad you gave that a thumbs up...rather than two fingers!
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Post time 2014-5-25 21:32:39 |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  ...

Most of the Chinese people feel confused with the 3rd one.
And, my English is really so-so,haha.

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Post time 2014-5-25 21:41:05 |Display all floors
ColinSpeakman Post time: 2014-5-22 20:47
We have done that!  read above!m

Haha,so interesting!Let's go Dutch.

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Post time 2014-5-26 02:26:49 |Display all floors
Words change meaning over time.  The "gay" example has a similar one in Chinese.  Whereas gay used to mean happy, now almost no one uses it in this way.  Similarly, in Chinese the term comrade (tongzhi) now often means homosexual.  You could say either is "wrong", but the reaility is that both words "gay" and "comrade" have new meanings in both languages.  

Linguists say the importance is being understood, grammarian focus on what is supposedly "right."  

For example, virtually every native English speaker will say "I'm correct, Aren't I?"  No one says the grammatically correct "I'm correct, Am't I?"  Grammarians would say you must say "Am't I", but if you did everyone would think you are weird.  

As a native English speaker, I've heard zero people in my life say the grammatically correct  "am't I".  




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