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    a natural expression

    In Chinese tradition, if an elderly passed away, his or her descendents are expected to return to see her for the last time before the body was interred.
    Could you give me some advice to make the expression natural? Thank you!

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    Re: a natural expression

    First, it should be an "elderly person", although I wonder whether this applies only to the elderly. For many AmE speakers, the return to see the person is called a "wake" or "viewing". But that would not match well with "In Chinese tradition".

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    #3

    Re: a natural expression

    I haven't heard viewing in the UK, but we do use the word wake.

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    #4

    Re: a natural expression

    I think "viewing" is more common among Protestants. "Wake" is preferred by Catholics. But there is overlap.

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    #5

    Re: a natural expression

    Quote Originally Posted by ziawj2 View Post
    his or her descendents are expected to return to see her for the last time before the body was interred.
    I am not a teacher.

    If it's something that is expected to take a certain length of time and is not just a fleeting last visit you could talk of holding a vigil.

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    #6

    Re: a natural expression

    "their relatives are expected to view the body."

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    #7

    Re: a natural expression

    For most people in the UK these days, a wake is a get-together (party!) held after the funeral. I am aware that historically, the body of the deceased was laid out in the house for people to visit and that was called the wake.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a natural expression

    Thank you. Then could I wrote:

    My grandma passed away and I must rush home to join her wake.

    I must rush home to view the body.

    I must rush home to keep a vigil.

    Are all of them natural to native-speakers?
    Last edited by ziawj2; 21-Apr-2014 at 02:09.

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    Re: a natural expression

    None of those work for me.

    I would say "My grandma passed away and I have to go to her wake".

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    Re: a natural expression

    No offence, but if she is already dead, what's the rush?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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