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Chinese Language

The Chinese language is always spoken in the present tense.  For example, we say, "I go swim yesterday, I go swim today, and I go swim tomorrow."  Rather than altering the verb, we attach a time to it.

Differences in grammar could lead to misunderstandings between Chinese and English speakers.  When the Chinese language is translated directly into English, correct Chinese grammar is not correct English grammar.  Because of this some people thought that the Chinese were illiterate or not well-educated.
 
 

Reader: Katie Pollock

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Nevada Department of Transportation