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Dear Mr. Yeung,

I would like to ask how to translate "追究" into English, I have found in the English version of Laws in Hong Kong that sometimes it is translated as "investigate", and sometimes as "resort". Is there any difference on it? And how the sentence structure should be organised? eg. followed by prep., or noun?

Best regards,
Theresa Au

 

There is no exact translation. " Investigate " is the nearest I can think of. As to how to use this word, look to Oxford Concise Dictionary for help.

TLY

Dear Mr. Yang,

Please accept my apology for my curiosity about your perspective towards the English names adopted by Hong Kong people, instead of about learning English the language. ?As I have come across your post "改英文名要照顧西人需要", I have learnt that the culture of adopting English names is being very popular among the local Chinese. What factors do you think are major for its popularity? Would you believe the British colonialism and post-colonial status of Hong Kong are the best answers to explain so? Indeed, I'd like to you whether or not you would resent this culture?

These questions suddenly smash on my mind, since I am a beginner of Spanish. I am thinking if it is essential to have myself a Spanish name.^^

Thank you~!

cheers,
Steve-o

 

English names are popular simply because we use English language with foreigners. In Macau, some have Portuguese names. Some people have French names. You may use any name you prefer, but I suppose that you adopt a foreign name which is easy for your foreign friends to pronounce and remember. If, for example, you live in Russia, you'd probably adopt a Russian name.

TLY

Dear Mr Yang,

Would you please let me know the difference of the following:

1. Do you agree?
2. Don't you agree?

Thank you very much

Kat

 

1. Do you agree? - It is a real question, which calls for answer .
2. Don't you agree? - This is a rhetorical question. The enquirer already knows you agree, but he is seeking your confirmation only .

TLY


Dear Mr. Yeung,

Are they the same?
1.a) I don't care.

b) I coudn't care less.

2.a) Go ahead

b) Just go for it.

Best Wishes,
Irene

 

1. If I say to you 'I am very unhappy ' and you reply' I don't care' - it is rude . If you reply 'I couldn't care less' , it is very very rude .

2. a. 'Go ahead' just mean ' carry on' or ' go and do it'.
b. 'Just go for it 'means 'don't hestitate , just go ahead ,' or 'don't think any more , just go and do it'.

TLY

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