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    Hello, could you help me What will be the most natural way to say in this context?

    A: You know, he is so nice. Whatever busy he is, when he see handicap people, he run over there ask them if they need his help.
    B: what is so nice? Thatís basic ( thatís principle or thatís fundamental) to help inconvenient people.

    A: This car provides a navigation system?
    B: Yes, Thatís basic ( thatís principle or thatís fundamental) thing. No car do not have a navigation system these days. It even provides satellite navigation system.

    Many thanks :)

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    Re: basic, principle or fundamental

    Quote Originally Posted by flytothesky View Post
    Hello, could you help me What will be the most natural way to say in this context?

    A: You know, he is so nice. No matter how busy he is, when he sees handicapped people, he runs over and asks them if they need his help.
    B: What is so special about that?It's common courtesy to help people in need.

    A: Does this car provide a navigation system?
    B: Yes, Thatís a standard feature. No car comes without a navigation system these days. They even provide satellite navigation.

    Many thanks :)
    I hope this is helpful,

    Petra


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    Talking Re: basic, principle or fundamental

    Many thanks~

    Can I use "common" in this context as well?

    A: Did you bring calculator with you for the statistic exam?

    B: That's common thing man, without it how can take exam?
    or That's standrad man,
    or Thant's sure thing man,

    How can I say in this context? Would you help me please?

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    Re: basic, principle or fundamental

    Quote Originally Posted by flytothesky View Post
    Many thanks~

    Can I use "common" in this context as well?

    A: Did you bring calculator with you for the statistic exam?

    B: That's common thing man, without it how can take exam?
    or That's standrad man,
    or Thant's sure thing man,

    How can I say in this context? Would you help me please?
    Dear Fly:
    The conversation you describe is a very informal one. I think B would be more likely to say (something like), "What do you think!? Of course I brought it! I'd never get through this exam without it," or, s/he might say, "Hey! I never leave home without it." (which is an expression made popular by an ad campaign for American Express credit cards.)

    In a less informal conversation, at work for example, you might use the expression 'common practice':
    A: Are we allowed to use the copy machine for personal documents?
    B: Well, common practice is that if you are only copying one or two pages it's okay. If you're going to make a lot of copies, you should go to the copy place down the street.

    I hope this helps,

    Petra

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