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    What does 'the State Bedrooms' mean?

    All of them were taken on a guarded tour of the State Bedrooms.

    This sentence is taken from Collins Cobuild Usage Dictionary. But the Chinese version of this dictionary translates the word State into Royal. I suspect the phrase 'the state bedrooms' are large and comfortable bedrooms on a ship for those passengers who can afford them. Am I right?

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    Re: What does 'the State Bedrooms' mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    the Chinese version of this dictionary translates the word State into Royal.
    In my Oxford English-Chinese dictionary, there is no such translation.

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: What does 'the State Bedrooms' mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    All of them were taken on a guided tour of the State Bedrooms.
    Do you mean a "guided tour"? A "guarded tour" would be what you get when your host doesn't want you to see too much.
    State bedroom could mean Royal bedroom:
    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=s...w=1366&bih=638
    We'd need to know the context. Are they on a ship? In that case, yes, you could be right:
    https://www.google.com.au/search?q=state+bedroom+ship&noj=1&site=webhp&tbm=i sch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=zZ8QU-6qIs7kkAWv6YCgDQ&ved=0CE8QsAQ&biw=1366&bih=638

    By the way, 'State' doesn't always mean Royal. The President's bedroom or that of any Head of State could be a State Bedroom. 'Royal' applies only to monarchies (King's and Queen's, etc)

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    Re: What does 'the State Bedrooms' mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    All of them were taken on a guarded tour of the State Bedrooms.

    This sentence is taken from Collins Cobuild Usage Dictionary. But the Chinese version of this dictionary translates the word State into Royal. I suspect the phrase 'the state bedrooms' are large and comfortable bedrooms on a ship for those passengers who can afford them. Am I right?
    Setting aside the fact that the Chinese version of the dictionary (incorrectly) translates "State" into "Royal", what makes you think that "state bedrooms" are only on a ship?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What does 'the State Bedrooms' mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    the Chinese version of the dictionary (incorrectly) translates "State" into "Royal"
    Both my Oxford and Longman English-Chinese dictionaries do not translate so, the OP might have misread something.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    what makes you think that "state bedrooms" are only on a ship?
    Do they also exist in upscale hotels?

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    Re: What does 'the State Bedrooms' mean?

    I wouldn't say they exist on either ships or hotels. For me, the phrase "state bedrooms" denotes the bedrooms inside the house/residence of the head of state (president, monarch etc).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What does 'the State Bedrooms' mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Setting aside the fact that the Chinese version of the dictionary (incorrectly) translates "State" into "Royal", what makes you think that "state bedrooms" are only on a ship?
    LONGMAN DICTIONARY:
    stateroom: a passenger's private room, especially a large, comfortable one, on a ship

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    Re: What does 'the State Bedrooms' mean?

    A stateroom is different from a State Bedroom.

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    Re: What does 'the State Bedrooms' mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    Both my Oxford and Longman English-Chinese dictionaries do not translate so, the OP might have misread something.

    The dictionary whose Chinese version I referred to is the Collins Cobuild Usage.
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    Re: What does 'the State Bedrooms' mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by joham View Post
    The dictionary whose Chinese version I referred to is the Collins Cobuild Usage.
    I just referred to the Collins Cobuild Advanced Learner's English Dictionary (without Chinese translation), I could not find the word "Royal" under the entry "State".

    Did emsr2d2 delete a URL posted by the OP above?

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