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    Going on

    Hi,

    I heard someone use 'going on' when he meant his friend's son looked a bit like chinese.

    Here the sentence,

    'Your son has this chinese going on.' What meaning does 'going on' carry here?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: Going on

    The sentence means nothing to me.

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    Re: Going on

    Quote Originally Posted by sebayanpendam View Post
    Hi,

    I heard someone use 'going on' when he meant his friend's son looked a bit like Chinese.

    Here is the sentence:

    'Your son has this Chinese going on.' What meaning does 'going on' carry here?

    Thanks.
    Are you sure that's exactly what he said? There's a similar phrasing in BrE but it would require something like "thing" or "look" or even "vibe" before "going on".

    Here's a similar idea in a dialogue:

    Sarah: Have you seen Julie recently?
    Jane: Yes, I saw her yesterday.
    Sarah: Did you think she looked different?
    Jane: Well, maybe a little bit. Her hair is really long now.
    Sarah: Yes, and she's started wearing these long flowing skirts and tie-dye T-shirts.
    Jane: Yeah, she's got this kind of hippy vibe/thing going on.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Going on

    Hi,

    Yes, Chinese look going on. Sorry, I typed this on my mobile phone. Does "going on" mean happening?

    Thanks.

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    #5

    Re: Going on

    Yes.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Going on

    It is American English slang.

    To have something going on means that the "thing" is a property of one's behaviour or deportment, usually intentional.

    For example, if I have a Michael Jackson thing going on I tend to dress, look or behave like Michael Jackson.

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