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    You know when you spilled milk on the floor. What do you feel? You feel that the milk is ____________(That it was a waste.)

    I wonder if there's a similar word in English to mean "sayang" in Filipino. Please fill in the blank for me. Thanks!!!

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    Default Re: I'm looking for a word

    Quote Originally Posted by blouen View Post
    You know when you spilled milk on the floor. What do you feel? You feel that the milk is ____________(That it was a waste.)

    I wonder if there's a similar word in English to mean "sayang" in Filipino. Please fill in the blank for me. Thanks!!!
    Hi blouen,

    The word wasted would definitely fit here.

    You might also feel that you should be more careful about pouring milk.

    But as the saying goes: It's no use crying over spilled milk.

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    Personally, I would feel annoyed with myself. This is because I have wasted the milk, I have to clean it up, and I will have to visit the store again to replace it.

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    Wasted is the word. Spoilt only applies when it goes smelly and bad, not when spilt.

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    Default Re: I'm looking for a word

    Quote Originally Posted by Monticello View Post
    Hi blouen,

    The word wasted would definitely fit here.

    You might also feel that you should be more careful about pouring milk.

    But as the saying goes: It's no use crying over spilled milk.
    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Wasted is the word. Spoilt only applies when it goes smelly and bad, not when spilt.
    Incidentally, there's no typo or slip here. The two are interchangeable. In fact one of the course books I work from (New Cutting Edge, Upper-Int, if memory serves) uses one in the text and the other in the Mini-Dictionary.

    I'm not sure where the idea of "spoilt" came from. Perhaps there was an early edit that I missed. "Spoilt" and "spilt" both exist too, but they're not interchangeable (The difference, come to think of it, is often sorted out by collocation: you can have a 'spoilt brat' or 'spilt milk'...)

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    Default Re: I'm looking for a word

    Thanks for the many replies...

    Wasted - It's because you find it unusable... Is this what you guys mean with the word?

    If so... I'm sorry but it doesn't suffice my question...

    The Filipino word "Sayang" means that you feel a little upset because you find it unusable and that you spent for it.

    Example:
    I bought a new shirt but it doesn't fit me. Sayang!

    Can you also please give me some sentences using 'wasted'. Thanks!!!

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    Default Re: I'm looking for a word

    Ahh.
    Then: you spill milk and say, "That was a waste!" (You feel annoyed with yourself for being so clumsy.)
    "I just bought a new shirt and the damn thing doesn't fit me. What a waste of money!"

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