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    #1

    Question Given

    Given he is a Chinese, his English is good.

    Is the above sentence correct?
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    JY

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    #2

    Re: Given

    I would say 'Given that he is Chinese'.

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    Re: Given

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I would say 'Given that he is Chinese'.

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    Correct. We don't say "a Chinese." Someone is Chinese. Or they are a Chinese person/man/woman/etc.

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    #4

    Re: Given

    I am not a teacher.

    It used to be OK to say a Chinese (or a Japanese) without it being offensive, but times have changed.

    Today, in BrE, if you say 'a Chinese' you probably mean a Chinese restaurant or a Chinese meal.

    So, 'I could murder a Chinese' means, 'I would very much appreciate a nice Chinese meal'.

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    #5

    Re: Given

    I would not take offence if you called me 'a Chinese'.

    Not a teacher.

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    #6

    Re: Given

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    So, 'I could murder a Chinese' means, 'I would very much appreciate a nice Chinese meal'.
    I've just learned a new expression 'I could murder something'.
    Thank you. (My eyes nearly popped out of my head when I read that!)
    If I didn't know the expression and some foreigner said that here in Japan, I would certainly call the police.

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    #7

    Re: Given

    I would not say "I could murder a Chinese."

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