中国人英语表达常见错误-1

Chinese style: I saw it on the newspapers.
American style: I read ( saw ) it in the newspapers.

Chinese style: He is a liar, and you are one too.
American style: He is a liar, and you are too.

Chinese style: Open page 20 of your books.
American style: Open your books to page 20.

Chinese style: Our Chinese students are diligent.
American style: We Chinese students are diligent.

Chinese style: Don’t make the office out of order.
American style: Don’t leave the office in a mess.

Chinese style: I like to paint this door to black.
American style: I’d like to paint this door black.

Chinese style: I have a Chinese pen friend.
American style: I have a Chinese pen pal.

Chinese style: Give me a phone.
American style: Give me a phone call.

Chinese style: Is there any place for me in the car.
American style: Is there any room for me in the car.

Chinese style: Let’s play together.
American style: Why don’t you come over ?

Chinese style: I was very pleasant today.
American style: I had a very good time today.

Chinese style: He got 87 points in chemistry.
American style: He got an 87 in chemistry.

Chinese style: Chang is a popular name in Taiwan.
American style: Chang is a common name in Taiwan.

Chinese style: I’m a public servant.
American style: I work for the government.

Chinese style: She is pure.
American style: She is naive.

Chinese style: I have a question to you.
American style: I have a question to ask you.

Chinese style: This book deserves to read several times.
American style: This book deserves to be read several times.

Chinese style: I like red tea.
American style: I like black tea.

Chinese style: History repeats.
American style: History repeats itself.

Chinese style: I make a rule of going to bed early and get up early.
American style: I make a rule to keep early hours.

Chinese style: I went to the sea.
American style: I went to the beach.

Chinese style: The door was shut when I returned home.
American style: The door was closed when I returned home.

Chinese style: Shall we sit in that sofa ?
American style: Shall we sit on that sofa ?

Chinese style: This steak is soft.
American style: This steak is tender.

Chinese style: His new book will be sold well.
American style: His new book will sell well.

Chinese style: There’re a lot of sparrows stopping on the telephone lines.
American style: There’re a lot of sparrows sitting on the telephone lines.

Chinese style: He hit me strongly.
American style: He hit me hard.

Chinese style: My pay cannot support my living.
American style: My pay is not enough to live on.

Chinese style: He wants to establish a sweet home.
American style: He wants to establish a happy home.

Chinese style: Why don’t you take a driving license.
American style: Why don’t you get a driving license.

Chinese style: Last year I went to Seattle. I liked there very much.
American style: Last year I went to Seattle. I liked it very much.

Chinese style: My mother likes to drink thick tea.
American style: My mother likes her tea strong.

Chinese style: I think it will not rain tomorrow.
American style: I don’t think it will rain tomorrow.

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