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    #1

    Was this misprinted? I'm not sure.

    Dear teachers,
    please read the following paragraph, which is extracted from an essay" The message behind the smile"

    The Japanese, too, are a rule unto themselves when it comes to facial expressions. Under traditional Japanese codes of behaviour, negative emotions such as anger, sadness, and disgust should not be shown openly; as a result, people may end up giving a broad smile instead.

    I suspect the word "are" should be " have", but I am not sure since the TEXTBOOK was printed like this.

    please help me. thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Was this misprinted? I'm not sure.

    The book is right- it's an expression meaning that they do things their way.

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