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    Remain happy

    Hi guys,

    Please checK. Can we say "We remained happy when we were children" or "He always remains happy no matter what kind of situation he is facing" or "Everybody remains happy as a child or when they are children"?

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    Re: Remain happy

    I think 'remain happy' is not a good phrase to use.
    You can say: Children are always carefree and happy.
    Children are innocent, carefree and happy.

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    Re: Remain happy

    I would say "We were happy when we were children." He is always happy...".

    Not all children are happy.

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    Re: Remain happy

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would say "We were happy when we were children." He is always happy...".
    Not all children are happy.
    Mike, your third sentence seems to contradict the first.

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    #5

    Re: Remain happy

    In what way? Does "we" mean "everybody" to you?

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    Re: Remain happy

    Yes, 'we' can mean everybody unless you qualify what 'we' means.

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    Re: Remain happy

    Not for me. I would say just the opposite. "We" refers to a specific reference group that the speaker is familiar with, unless it is defined to mean something else. I can't imagine any interpretation of that sentence that would apply to all children in all places.

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    Re: Remain happy

    You have just qualified and defined "we" yourself, to refer to a smaller group of people.
    To me, "we" is so general as to mean the people of a town, a country or the world.

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    #9

    Re: Remain happy

    And you can continue to believe that.

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    Re: Remain happy

    Remember Michael Jackson's song "We are the world"? ☺

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