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    #1

    I,my,me,mine !!!

    Recently I made a sentence " I don't think native speakers find my website interesting unless their English is worse than me ".

    I wonder if the ' me ' is used correctly ? Somehow it doesn't look correct to me.

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    #2

    Re: I,my,me,mine !!!

    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    Recently I made a sentence " I don't think native speakers find my website interesting unless their English is worse than me ".

    I wonder if the ' me ' is used correctly ? Somehow it doesn't look correct to me.
    It shouldn't look correct. The word should be mine. Thus, the sentence would be:

    • I don't think native speakers find my website interesting unless their English is worse than mine.


    In that sentence mine means my English. If you need to know what part of speech that is I would say it is a noun but it is also a possessive.

    Does my explanation make sense to you?

    :)

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    #3
    Yes it sure does. In fact, I wanted to say ' mine ' too. The possessive thing made me think twice :(. Because I thought why i wanted to use it with a sense of possessivness :P

    Since ' mine ' also means ' my English ', then it clears the mess.

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    #4
    I luv the kanji. What's its meaning?

    Since ' mine ' also means ' my English ', then it clears the mess.
    Here's my quick stab at it:

    She...than I (subject pronoun...than subject pronoun)
    She...than me (subject pronoun...than object pronoun *common usage)

    Her...than my... (possessive pronoun...than possessive pronoun)

    Hers...than mine... (possessive pronoun...than possessive pronoun)

    my X = mine. That is, you can reduced the phrase 'my house' to one word, mine. So,

    His English is better than my English.
    His English is better than mine.

    Cas :)

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    #5
    Even clearer :) Thanks Cas.

    The kanji is a Chinese character written with a traditional brush used in Chinese calligraphy.

    This word means ' dragon ' and it was sold for $US 150 at an art exhibition. My friend wrote it and since the word is also my name. I use it as an avatar to have a sense of oneness :)

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    #6
    For your information, ' dragon ' is a symbol of China that depicts supremacy and unpredictability because dragon is an imagined animal. And there is an idiom called ' flying dragon in the sky ' to refer to a successful life of a person or a country. The successful launch of a Chinese spaceship is labeled as that :) ' flying dragon in the sky( orbit ) :)

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    #7
    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    For your information, ' dragon ' is a symbol of China that depicts supremacy and unpredictability because dragon is an imagined animal. And there is an idiom called ' flying dragon in the sky ' to refer to a successful life of a person or a country. The successful launch of a Chinese spaceship is labeled as that :) ' flying dragon in the sky( orbit ) :)
    'Tis beautiful, both the kanji and the meaning. Your friend the artist has a sweeping fluid stroke

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    #8
    Say:

    • That clears up the mess.


    Or:

    • That clears things up.


    We like our ups and downs, but we especially like our ups.

    :D

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