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    #1

    soldier along

    I have a problem of understanding the following:

    I won't eat shark fin. Well, if I find myself at a Chinese banquet where I'm the guest of honor, and it is served to me by a proud Chinese host, okay, I'll soldier along and I'll eat. But it's incredibly cruel. It's wasteful. They cut the fins off and throw the shark back in.

    What does the "soldier along" here exactly mean?

    Thanks so much.

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    Re: soldier along

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


    Hello,


    1. If I am not mistaken, most Americans prefer to say "soldier on."

    2. My dictionary tells me it means "to persist in something." That is, to continue doing something that may be very

    difficult or unpleasant, etc.

    3. In your case, you are the guest of honor and you do not wish to insult the host, so you decide to eat some

    shark's fin soup because you want to be a "good soldier." That is, a good soldier does what he must do under the

    circumstances. Eating shark's fin soup may disgust you, but you go ahead and eat some because of the necessity to

    show good manners at the banquet. If you refused to eat it, you would upset everyone and ruin the banquet for others.

    4. By the way, if you ever visit California, you will not have to worry: it is now illegal for restaurants to serve shark

    fin's soup.


    Sincerely,


    James

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    Re: soldier along

    NOT A TEACHER

    S/he doesn't want to offend his/her Chinese host, and so s/he will force himself or herself to eat it anyway.

    It doesn't appear to be idiomatic (solidier on is common by the way).

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    Re: soldier along

    soldier - definition of soldier by Macmillan Dictionary

    There you have a definition of "soldier on". Apparently, that's the right phrasal verb for what you mean (I had never heard/seen it before; a new one to add to the list! )

    charliedeut
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: soldier along

    If it'd been soldier on, I wouldn't have asked the question, because I can find the phrasal verb in most dictionaries.


    I guessed it was soldier on at first glimpse, but not confident, for I ain't a non-native English speaker, nor did I ever live in the USA.


    Now I've grasped the meaning. Thanks for your patient explanation and precious time.

    With my best wishes,

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    Re: soldier along

    Quote Originally Posted by coolfool View Post


    I guessed it was soldier on at first glimpse, but not confident, for I ain't a non-native English speaker, nor did I ever live in the USA.
    If you want to speak "good" English, do not use "ain't" as a subsititute for "am not."

    That's just my two cents.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 24-Sep-2012 at 14:00.

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