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    The Chinese government has asked the people of a specified community not to wear must

    The Chinese government has asked the people of a specified community not to wear mustache or beard in public.

    Is my sentence correct? Can we use wear for "mustache or beard" as well?

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    Re: The Chinese government has asked the people of a specified community not to wear

    My mustache is attached to my face. How could I wear it only in the privacy of my own home?
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    Re: The Chinese government has asked the people of a specified community not to wear

    Authoritarian governments rarely 'ask' their populace not to do things. They usually 'tell' them to not do things.

    'Ask' implies that it's just a suggestion, not mandatory.
    Wear short sleeves! Support your right to bare arms!

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    Re: The Chinese government has asked the people of a specified community not to wear

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    My mustache is attached to my face. How could I wear it only in the privacy of my own home?
    So it is wrong to say "wear beard or mustache".

    They have told them not to keep beard and mustache. Is it correct?

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    Re: The Chinese government has asked the people of a specified community not to wear

    The government banned beards and mustaches or, if you want more words, banned the wearing of beards and mustaches.

    It was the "in public" part I was objecting to.
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    Re: The Chinese government has asked the people of a specified community not to wear

    You can say "wear beard or mustache" in certain contexts. In this case, the meaning is funny.

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    Re: The Chinese government has asked the people of a specified community not to wear

    Could you please tell me when it should be used? I mean wearing beard it is weird. It sounds like wearing clothes or putting on a fake beard or mustache. I mean you just simply have a beard or mustache. How can you wear them?

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    Re: The Chinese government has asked the people of a specified community not to wear

    In today's parlance, you can't "wear" a beard in the same way that you wear a hat or a pair of shoes etc. The phrase sounds old-fashioned to me. In a book from, say, a hundred years ago, I wouldn't be surprised to read "The man wore a long beard" (or "The man sported a long beard") but these days, it would be much more natural to read "The man had a long beard".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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