the word "except"

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Steven

the word "except"

Post by Steven » Wed Jul 30, 2003 3:02 am

How do you say "except" in cantonese. like " we use these plates except on holidays" or "they're all going to the party except me."

Also, I wanted to ask how do you use the word "fan dui" (to disagree)? Do you say "ngo fan dui" like I disagree?

Thanks
-Steven
Terence

Re: the word "except"

Post by Terence » Thu Jul 31, 2003 7:16 pm

1. cui4 zo2 除鰦, except. 鰦is not the correct character but many cantonese use it.

2. faan2 dui3 反對, to object, disagree
Aegean

Re: the word "except"

Post by Aegean » Sat Aug 09, 2003 12:07 am

yup,

chui-jo means except. Note that it is used at the beginning of a phrase: Chui-jo gaa-kei, ngo-dei hai yung li-di dip ga//except on holidays, we use these plates.

"ngo fan-dui" is absolutely correct. This verb actually means "to object." There is another verb to express "to agree/disagree" : "tung-yi/m-tung-yi" respectively.
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Re: the word "except"

Post by Helmut » Sun Aug 10, 2003 3:21 pm

Ceoi4 zo2 gaa3 kei4 zi1 ngoi6, ngo5 dei6 . . .

Would you say 'zi1 ngoi6' is necessary, optional or wrong here ?
both of them are okay, b

Re: the word "except"

Post by both of them are okay, b » Sun Aug 10, 2003 5:31 pm

the addition of 'zi1 ngoi6' makes the 'ceoi4 zo2...' sentence more complete, but it is still okay if u dont mention it.
personally, i prefer the one with 'zi1 ngoi6'. :p
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