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I know they use "alien" for "foreigners" in the USA, that is already clear to me. Now, my question is if we can use "alien" to mean "foreign" when we are talking about a country.
She had been living in an alien country for a few months.
She has been living in a foreign country for a few months.
Aamir the Global Citizen
Last edited by Aamir Tariq; 13-Apr-2016 at 18:17.
I am not a teacher.
Indirect questions begin with if or whether.
I'd say 'My question is whether we can ...', but I think i is possible. There are similar examples here: http://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=%22qu...&findid=-1&ff=
I am not a teacher.
No, so the question mark should be changed to a full stop in the original.
Last edited by emsr2d2; 13-Apr-2016 at 20:44. Reason: typo
We use "alien" only in certain circumstances, and usually only in relations to government immigration issues.
You would never, for example, say "The alien students are hosting a lunch today to share food from their cultures."
This is from Wikipedia, so I don't know how accurate it is:
Different countries use varying terms for "aliens" including:
- a legal alien is a non-citizen who is legally permitted to remain in a country. This is a very broad category which includes tourists, guest workers, legal permanent residents and student visa resident aliens.
- a nonresident alien is a non-citizen who is visiting a country, for example as a tourist, on business, entertainers, sportspeople or in the country to receive medical treatment.
- a resident alien is a non-citizen who has temporary resident status in a country.
- an enemy alien is a non-citizen who is a national of an enemy country.
- an illegal alien is a non-citizen who is present in a country unlawfully or without the country's authorization. This could be because they overstayed their welcome or they slipped through the border undetected.
I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.
I had only heard "legal alien" in The Police's song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reghyn9fmJQ. So I had not really given it any further thought (shame on me) .
Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.