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    #1

    every spring is sure to follow

    The use of "every" sounds odd to me. Should it be removed?


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    No winter lasts forever, every spring is sure to follow.

    Source: It is from a twitter account by a Chinese

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    #2

    Re: every spring is sure to follow

    Yes, it should. Also, remove the comma and use a semicolon to separate the two clauses.

    No winter lasts forever; spring is sure to follow.

    "No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn" is the quote I'm more familiar with.

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    #3

    Re: every spring is sure to follow

    Quote Originally Posted by GoodTaste View Post
    a Chinese
    That's truncated. We don't use "a Chinese" to refer to a person.

    When referring to a person:
    a Chinese person/man/woman/child/author/farmer ... etc.
    a Chinese

    Note that in the plural, "the Chinese", is okay to refer to the Chinese people collectively.

    The Chinese are famous for being prudent.
    Chinese love seafood.

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    #4

    Re: every spring is sure to follow

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    We don't use "a Chinese" to refer to a person.
    And despite its resemblance to perfectly acceptable demonyms like Frenchman and Englishman, you should never refer to a person as a "Chinaman". For some reason, that term is pejorative.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: every spring is sure to follow

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    And despite its resemblance to perfectly acceptable demonyms like Frenchman and Englishman, you should never refer to a person as a "Chinaman". For some reason, that term is pejorative.
    Is "China, man" pejorative too?

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    #6

    Re: every spring is sure to follow

    How would you use that in a sentence?

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