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    Hello.
    Nice to have a chance to ask English questions.

    Now,I got a question from the English reading test that I took the other day.
    That was about a chinese man who loves american woman.
    One day,he tried to tell her that he loves her and wants her to be his girlfriend.
    He said in broken English;
    "You are a girl I love.You are a girl I'd like to have as my girlfriend."
    But she stared at him coldly and walked away...
    Many years later,He noticed the mistake that he said"a girl"in stead of"the girl".

    I'm just wondering why she got angry to be said "a girl"...
    Does it sound strange to native English speakers??

    I'm looking forward your answer.

    Aki

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    Quote Originally Posted by aki View Post
    Hello.
    Nice to have a chance to ask English questions.

    Now,I got a question from the English reading test that I took the other day.
    That was about a chinese man who loves american woman.
    One day,he tried to tell her that he loves her and wants her to be his girlfriend.
    He said in broken English;
    "You are a girl I love.You are a girl I'd like to have as my girlfriend."
    But she stared at him coldly and walked away...
    Many years later,He noticed the mistake that he said"a girl"in stead of"the girl".

    I'm just wondering why she got angry to be said "a girl"...
    Does it sound strange to native English speakers??

    I'm looking forward your answer.

    Aki
    It is a bit strange, but the mistake in article use should not have provoked anger.

    It should be "You are the girl I love. You are the girl I'd like to have as my girlfriend.

    If this is a true story, which is doubtful, she may have been annoyed because it was too early in the relationship and he was being too forward.

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    Speaking from the feminine perspective, I can tell you that she was angry because he said "a" girl, making it sound like she was one among many girls that he loved. "The" girl makes it sound exclusive, as though she would be his one and only. (Girls are funny that way.....)

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    i agree with ouisch that 'she' had become angree because his statement had meant " that she is any girl or she is one of his girlfriends"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    Speaking from the feminine perspective, I can tell you that she was angry because he said "a" girl, making it sound like she was one among many girls that he loved. "The" girl makes it sound exclusive, as though she would be his one and only. (Girls are funny that way.....)
    I'll bet she grew up to be a crabby English teacher.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I'll bet she grew up to be a crabby English teacher.

    You forgot old. Old and crabby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    You forgot old. Old and crabby.

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    thank you for replying;-D
    It's all clear.
    I'll be careful not to use article wrongly like that.
    Anyway,thanks a lot

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    Quote Originally Posted by aki View Post
    thank you for replying;-D
    It's all clear.
    I'll be careful not to use article wrongly like that.
    Anyway,thanks a lot
    You're welcome.

    True love transcends article use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    You're welcome.

    True love transcends article use.

    It helps if the article comes from Tiffany or Cartier.

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