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    We have aboriginal genes in our blood

    Formosa, where we live, is a multi-cultural island. Our ancestors came from China to settle down here for hundreds of years. They might have married indigenous women here, so we have aboriginal genes in our blood.


    Hi,
    Sometimes when I talk to foreign friends, I will say the above to them. Does the bolded part sound right? Thanks.

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    Re: We have aboriginal genes in our blood

    It's OK, but I would change the second sentence to Our ancestors came here from China hundreds of years ago. Apart from in the name of some teas, I haven't heard Formosa used much nowadays- I only hear Taiwan used in British English.

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    Re: We have aboriginal genes in our blood

    Thanks, Tdol, for the correction and I totally agree with you on the new version:Our ancestors came here from China hundreds of years ago.

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    Re: We have aboriginal genes in our blood

    PG Wodehouse talks of the soothing or vital Oolong, and in his day it was known as Formosa Oolong, but tea sellers like Twinings have moved on, though I remember buying Formosa Oolong when I was at university thirty years ago: http://www.twinings.co.uk/tea/oolong...ountain-oolong.

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    Re: We have aboriginal genes in our blood

    Quote Originally Posted by LewisJian View Post
    we have aboriginal genes in our blood

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    Personally, I would prefer a sentence that did not mention "blood."

    Maybe something like:

    "Taiwan is a multicultural island. Many of us have aboriginal ancestry, for the people who came here from China hundreds of years ago often married the indigenous women."

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    Re: We have aboriginal genes in our blood

    ?...and the 'in our blood' is redundant. There are genes in blood, but not just there. So the full-stop/period could come after 'genes'; (though I think it'd sound better with a different verb - carry...? bear...? are born with...?)

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    Re: We have aboriginal genes in our blood

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    Many of us have aboriginal ancestry,
    Is it OK to use 'lineage' instead of 'ancestry'?
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    Re: We have aboriginal genes in our blood

    I think ancestry will be more easily understood than lineage.

    Does lineage refer more to family trees; that is to ancestors who could be identified personally?

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    Re: We have aboriginal genes in our blood

    The other thing against 'lineage' is that it doesn't follow the analogy of 'mileage' (phonetically), which might make it less common.

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