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    increase my salary/give me a raise

    The Chinese language for 'give me a raise' is verbatim 'increase my salary' . That is why quite a lot of Chinese English writers adopt 'increase one's salary' as a very normal phrase.

    Is that very Chinglish or do native speakers use the phrase too? Thank you.

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    Re: increase my salary/give me a raise

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    The Chinese language for 'give me a raise' is verbatim 'increase my salary' . That is why quite a lot of Chinese English writers adopt 'increase one's salary' as a very normal phrase.

    Is that very Chinglish or do native speakers use the phrase too? Thank you.

    ˈpay rise British English , ˈpay raise American English noun [ countable ]
    an increase in the amount of money you are paid for doing your job : Some company directors have awarded themselves huge pay rises.
    a 4% pay raise





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    Re: increase my salary/give me a raise

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    The Chinese language for 'give me a raise' is verbatim 'increase my salary' . That is why quite a lot of Chinese English writers adopt 'increase one's salary' as a very normal phrase.

    Is that very Chinglish or do native speakers use the phrase too? Thank you.
    Yes, you can ask for an increase in salary rather than for a raise.

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    Re: increase my salary/give me a raise

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    Yes, you can ask for an increase in salary rather than for a raise.
    Your 'yes' means it is Chinglish? Or you believe native speakers do say 'increase one's salary'? Thank you.




    My boss gave me a raise last month.--------

    My boss increased my salary last month.----

    Are both acceptable?

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    Re: increase my salary/give me a raise

    Both are acceptable, but the first is more conversational.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: increase my salary/give me a raise

    Quote Originally Posted by jiaruchan View Post
    Your 'yes' means it is Chinglish? Or you believe native speakers do say 'increase one's salary'? Thank you.




    My boss gave me a raise last month.--------

    My boss increased my salary last month.----

    Are both acceptable?
    Sorry, my 'yes' was to "do native speakers use the phrase too?"
    Yes, both are acceptable.
    No, it doesn't sound Chinglish.

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