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    give birth to me

    I ask my students to write a letter of congratulations on Mothers' Day. A setence is "You give birth to me and guide me how to become a good person".

    I know it's kind of Chinglish.

    Could I make the correction:

    You give birth to me, guide me and have a far greater influence on me.

    Do you have good suggestion?

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    Re: give birth to me

    Quote Originally Posted by ziawj2 View Post
    I ask my students to write a letter of congratulations on Mothers' Day. A setence is "You give birth to me and guide me how to become a good person".

    I know it's kind of Chinglish.

    Could I make the correction:

    You give birth to me, guide me and have a far greater influence on me.

    Do you have good suggestion?
    Think about it; it needs to be in the past tense and present perfect. I think this would be more like a native speaker:

    You gave birth to me, have guided me and have had a great influence on my life.

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    Re: give birth to me

    Jerry, does 'You gave birth to me' sound natural to you? It's not something I think many would say, in the UK anyway.

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    Re: give birth to me

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Jerry, does 'You gave birth to me' sound natural to you? It's not something I think many would say, in the UK anyway.
    It might not be something we would say very often, but I think it's OK.

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    Re: give birth to me

    Quote Originally Posted by jerry081958 View Post
    Think about it; it needs to be in the past tense and present perfect. I think this would be more like a native speaker:

    You gave birth to me, have guided me and have had a great influence on my life.
    I've not think about the tense. An mistake.

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    Re: give birth to me

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Jerry, does 'You gave birth to me' sound natural to you? It's not something I think many would say, in the UK anyway.
    Could you give me any suggestion, making "give birth to me" more natural and expressing the same meaning meanwhile?

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    Re: give birth to me

    You gave me life.

    I don't see any reason to change the idea about becoming a better person. That was nice.

    People can have a great influence on your life, but it doesn't have to be a positive one. Great = significant as well as very good.
    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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    #8

    Re: give birth to me

    Not sure if this is about mothers:

    YouTube - You Gave Me Life - BeFour

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    not a teacher

    "You gave birth to me" is a very common idiom in American English, I can tell you that.

    I would write "You gave birth to me and you help me to become a better person."

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