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  1. keannu's Avatar
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    #1

    grandmother - general or my own?

    We Koreans say "grandmother(father) not only for my own one, but also for anyone unknown or close. Do native speakers do the same thing or is it different?

    ex)I saw a grandmother(or old lady?) hurt in the subway. The grandmother(or old lady?) I know in my neighborhood is very kind.

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    Re: grandmother - general or my own?

    No, we don't.

    Here in the UK grandmothers start at 30 years of age. Call them old ladies at your peril.

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 30-Mar-2013 at 01:15.

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    #3

    Re: grandmother - general or my own?

    Sometimes people refer to elderly ladies collectively as grannies, not grandmothers.

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