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1/ It was my first time to go abroad.
2/ Is this seat empty?
3/ Don't be noisy!
4/ This is the key of my room.
5/ He's a student of Hong Kong University.
6/ He had a child of his former wife.
7/ Is there any place for me in the car?
8/ "Chan" is a popular family name in China.
9/ He got 85 points in Chemistry.
10/ He likes red tea.

What's wrong with the sentences?
 

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bea said:
1/ It was my first time to go abroad.
2/ Is this seat empty?
3/ Don't be noisy!
4/ This is the key of my room.
5/ He's a student of Hong Kong University.
6/ He had a child of his former wife.
7/ Is there any place for me in the car?
8/ "Chan" is a popular family name in China.
9/ He got 85 points in Chemistry.
10/ He likes red tea.

What's wrong with the sentences?

Rather than "Is this seat empty?" I would say "Is this seat taken?" Rather than "This is the key of my room" I would say "This is the key to my room". Rather than "He's a student of Hong Kong University" I would say "He's a student at Hong Kong University". Rather than "He had a child of his former wife" I would say "He had a child with his former wife". The rest of them are fine.

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You're welcome. It's good to have you on board. The more the merrier.

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bea said:
1/ It was my first time to go abroad.
3/ Don't be noisy!
7/ Is there any place for me in the car?
8/ "Chan" is a popular family name in China.
9/ He got 85 points in Chemistry.
10/ He likes red tea.

What's wrong with the sentences?

1/ It was the first time I had gone abroad.
3/ Be quiet!
7/ Is there any room for me in the car?
8/ "Chan" is a common family name in China.
9/ He got an 85 in Chemistry.
10/ He likes black tea.

Someone told me these sentences should be correct...
any difference?

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bea said:
bea said:
1/ It was my first time to go abroad.
3/ Don't be noisy!
7/ Is there any place for me in the car?
8/ "Chan" is a popular family name in China.
9/ He got 85 points in Chemistry.
10/ He likes red tea.

What's wrong with the sentences?

1/ It was the first time I had gone abroad.
3/ Be quiet!
7/ Is there any room for me in the car?
8/ "Chan" is a common family name in China.
9/ He got an 85 in Chemistry.
10/ He likes black tea.

Someone told me these sentences should be correct...
any difference?

:roll:

Whether there is any real difference between "popular" and "common" would depend on context. "He got an 85 in Chemistry" does make the original statement more clear.

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bea said:
bea said:
1/ It was my first time to go abroad.
3/ Don't be noisy!
7/ Is there any place for me in the car?
8/ "Chan" is a popular family name in China.
9/ He got 85 points in Chemistry.
10/ He likes red tea.

What's wrong with the sentences?

1/ It was the first time I had gone abroad.
3/ Be quiet!
7/ Is there any room for me in the car?
8/ "Chan" is a common family name in China.
9/ He got an 85 in Chemistry.
10/ He likes black tea.

Someone told me these sentences should be correct...
any difference?

:roll:

"Be quiet!" might be seen as more specific to the situation than "Don't be noisy!" but it also might not be. "He likes black tea" is certainly different from "He likes red tea" but only in one particular. Other than that it is the same.

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bea said:
What is the difference between black tea and red tea?

Taken from http://www.flash.net/~strohm/articles/tea.htm

Here’s some background on tea. Once strictly an Asian crop, tea is now grown in mountainous areas of South America, Africa, and Turkey as well. But it’s all the same plant. Whether it turns out to be black, oolong, or green depends on the processing. To make green tea, the leaves are steamed, rolled, and dried. This keeps them from oxidizing, because it inactivates certain chemicals in the leaves. Red (oolong) and black teas are partially dried, crushed, kept in a temperature-and-humidity-controlled environment to produce fermentation, and then fully dried. To "ferment" in this context means "oxidize" or blacken; this takes place as chemicals in the leaves react to heat. The difference between black and red teas is that black teas are fermented longer. Hence the distinctive tastes and chemical properties of each kind of tea. Green is the favorite tea in Asia; black is preferred in Europe and the Americas.

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bea said:
Thanks! :D
but what is the difference between black tea and red tea?

Other than the color, I don't know what the difference is between black tea and red tea. There probably is a difference, but I won't know what it is until I try them both.

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That was a much better answer than mine.

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Black and green tea I knew, but red tea was new to me. ;-)
 

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BTW in the 19th century, green tea was the most popular in the UK. ;-)
 
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