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    test question: not only buat also

    No only I but also Candy likes reading.

    I am teaching English at a junior high school in Taiwan. The above sentence is the answer to a translation question (translate from Chinese into English).

    Some of the students write as follows:
    1. No only I but also Candy like reading.
    2. No only I but Candy likes reading.
    3. No only me but also Candy likes reading.

    Should I correct their sentences?
    Last edited by sitifan; 15-Oct-2015 at 09:37.
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: test question: not only buat also

    The original translation is not a very natural sentence. Having said that, if it's what you have to work with, then you are going to have to teach it as being correct.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #3

    Re: test question: not only buat also

    "Both Candy and I like reading" is a much better sentence.

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    Re: test question: not only buat also

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    "Both Candy and I like reading" is a much better sentence.
    The given answer is a literal translation from Mandarin Chinese, so it does not sound very natural to native speakers of English.
    I need native speakers' help.

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    Re: test question: not only buat also

    You may tell your students that the literal translation is grammatical but unnatural.
    I am not a teacher.

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