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    #1

    Suitable for foreigners.

    Hi,

    How to understand the "suitable for foreigners" in this sentence?


    He speaks a slightly stilted French suitable for foreigners.


    Does it mean "Although he speaks a slightly stilted French, it suits for foreigners"?


    Thanks a lot

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    Re: Suitable for foreigners.

    What is the context?

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    Re: Suitable for foreigners.

    Rover, we are old friends already.

    You should absolutely know I won't be that obstinate not to provide you the context.

    This is a sentence from my big paper dictionary.

    Can you just let me know, how do you understand it literally?

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    Re: Suitable for foreigners.

    I think "suitable" is used incorrectly here. Since you ask for a literal meaning, I don't think it's what the writer literally meant.
    My understanding is that the writer's intent was:
    "He speaks a slightly stilted French such as one would expect a foreigner to use."
    " ... that you would ordinarily hear from a foreigner."
    "... which a foreigner can get by with."

    It doesn't mean that there is a special type of French that, if you are a foreigner, you should use, or model your language on.

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    #5

    Re: Suitable for foreigners.

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi,

    How to understand the "suitable for foreigners" in this sentence?


    He speaks a slightly stilted French suitable for foreigners.


    Does it mean "Although he speaks a slightly stilted French, it suits for foreigners"?


    Thanks a lot

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    Silverobama,


    We non-teachers are allowed to give our two cents so long as

    we identify ourselves. So may I give you my viewpoint?

    As one of the teachers said, without context it is extremely

    difficult.

    But here is my interpretation:

    He speaks a slightly stilted [unnatural] French

    [that is] suitable for foreigners.

    For example, I know a tiny (very tiny) bit of Mandarin. If

    I visited China, you would have to speak to me in a very

    stilted way (very slowly and each word pronounced

    very slowly): Ni (pause) hao (pause) ma? Then I would understand

    that you were asking "How are you?" Your stilted Chinese would be

    suitable for a foreigner such as I.

    If I am wrong, I apologize. Of course, the teachers' answers

    are to be considered the correct ones.

    THANK YOU

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    #6

    Re: Suitable for foreigners.

    Well put, Parser.

    I was about to make that very point myself.

    Rover

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