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    bigC is offline Member
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    Thought of giving your seats

    The notice is printed on the back of some seats of buses in Hong Kong.

    Are "Thought" and "seats" used correctly?Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Thought of giving your seats

    The message I get from the Chinese characters and the graphics translated literally is: You can also let the elderly, disabled, pregnant, etc. have your seat.

    The message in English sounds different.
    I think it is not so much with the usage of words but that the messages put across are different.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: Thought of giving your seats

    How about:
    Consider giving your seat to those who need it more?
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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    Re: Thought of giving your seats

    The direct translation of the Chinese is" You also can give up your seat to others"

    Is the English statement printed grammatical and natural?




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    Re: Thought of giving your seats

    It is not a complete sentence(which messages on posters do not have to be) and is unnatural.
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    Re: Thought of giving your seats

    It would have to say "giving up" to make sense. It's not natural.

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