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    #1

    Smile lose face and get face?

    When you made a bet with somebody but failed, you lost your face. is get face correct for receiving honour?


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    #2

    Re: lose face and get face?

    You can lose face, but you cannot get face.

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    Re: lose face and get face?

    To get face is slang for to get a kiss; e.g., gimme some face / give me a kiss.


    Although face, as in to loose face, isn't a Western phrase, having lived in Asia for almost a decade I have often heard the phrases keep face and gain face.

    Max: Sam made a mistake. Should I tell her?
    Pat: No. Let her keep face.

    <one day later>

    Max: I told Sam she made a mistake, and now she won't speak to me.
    Pat: Allow her the opportunity to gain face by letting her correct one of your mistakes.
    Max: But I am a teacher! I don't make mistakes.
    Pat: If you want Sam to speak to you again, you'll make the effort.


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    #4

    Re: lose face and get face?

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    You can lose face, but you cannot get face.
    Is there any phrase in English can describe gain face? Just like Casiopea mentioned?


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    #5

    Re: lose face and get face?

    I appreciate your detailed information.

    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea View Post
    To get face is slang for to get a kiss; e.g., gimme some face / give me a kiss.


    Although face, as in to loose face, isn't a Western phrase, having lived in Asia for almost a decade I have often heard the phrases keep face and gain face.

    Max: Sam made a mistake. Should I tell her?

    Pat: No. Let her keep face.


    <one day later>


    Max: I told Sam she made a mistake, and now she won't speak to me.

    Pat: Allow her the opportunity to gain face by letting her correct one of your mistakes.

    Max: But I am a teacher! I don't make mistakes.

    Pat: If you want Sam to speak to you again, you'll make the effort.
    Is there any phrase in English for gain face / keep face?

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    #6

    Re: lose face and get face?

    I have heard 'save face', and my English-Chinese dictionary has the term "save one's face".


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    #7

    Re: lose face and get face?

    Thanks a lot, 2006.

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