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    White people

    Hi guys.

    If a person is not white but he wants to look like a white person so what can he say. "I wish I could change my appearance to white people look alike"?

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    #2

    Re: White people

    "I wish I could look white."
    "I wish I could look like a white person."

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    #3

    Re: White people

    "I wish I could change my appearance so that I look like white people."

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    Re: White people

    I wish I looked whiter.

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    #5

    Re: White people

    Any of the above would work, but your original sentence would not.

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    #6

    Re: White people

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    In my opinion, when one learns a foreign language, grammar is only one part. One should also understand the cultural aspects of a country.

    Here in the United States, some people feel that it would sound more gentle if one said something like:

    "I wish that I could look more Caucasian."

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    Re: White people

    Is it OK to say 'I wish I had an appearance similar to white people's'?

    Not a teacher.

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    Re: White people

    It's not very natural. I find it a rather odd concept if I'm honest but if I had to say it, I'd say "I wish I looked whiter".
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 06-Jan-2015 at 18:58.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: White people

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Here in the United States, some people feel that it would sound more gentle if one said something like:

    "I wish that I could look more Caucasian."
    I am not a teacher.

    I know that you're right, but I have always found this whole 'Caucasian' label very strange indeed. People from the Caucasus don't look much like the white-skinned Europeans I see around me every day. But then again, it is mainly an AmE term.

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    Re: White people

    "Caucasian" is simply not used in the UK as a descriptor of a person. Many years ago, I started working at an international airport and I was completely confused when I encountered my first few American passport holders who had completed their Arrivals card with "Caucasian" as their nationality. For a start, it should have said "USA" or "American" ("nationality" in the UK referring to the passport you hold) but mainly, I knew where the Caucasus mountains are and they're nowhere near North America!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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