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? asked in 社會及文化語言 · 1 decade ago


I would like to have dim sum.

I would like to eat egg tarts.

I would like to try Peking duck.

以上的“have“eat”“try”可否掉轉來用???例如:I would like to try egg tarts.如果不可以的,請告訴我“have“eat”“try”怎用



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  • As
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Let's look at the objects now.

    egg tarts( you use an "S".) I bet you know "tart" is a countable noun.

    Peking ducks<---------This is countable too.

    Dim sum <------------- no s's

    Are you talking about that Peking duck or are you referring to

    "Peking duckS"?

    About " dim dum", we usually use it as a non-count noun.


    1) I would like to have ( some)dim sum.

    2) I would like to eat ( some) egg tarts.

    3) I would like to try ( that/the/this/a) Peking ducks.

    It depends on which Peking duck you are talking about.

    If there is not a Peking duck on the table and you just want to say

    you'd like to try/eat/have ( that kind of food), you should then say

    " I would like to try Peking ducks.".

    Same things go to ** I like apples."""

    You'd NOT say " I like apple." <--------------

    " apple" is a countable noun and you mean " apples" = any kind of apples -- green ones or red ones.( Just any kind of apples you would like)


    "To eat " verus "to have"

    They mean the same in this case, but native English speakers tend to

    use" have" here.


    1) I want to eat some egg tarts. = I want to have some egg tarts.

    A gweiloh( white guy) would say " I had dinner with my friends." while

    a Chinese fellow would probably say " I ate dinner with my friends.".

    How about the word " try" here?

    Trying the Peking duck, for example, means you eat/have/taste it.

    It doesn't mean " you only touch it" right?

    According to all these, of course you may say:

    1) I would like to eat ( some) egg tarts.

    2) I would like to have( some) egg tarts.

    3) I would like to try ( some) egg tarts.

    Note: When you say" you want to try (some) egg tarts ", it also implies(意味著) that

    ***you have never eaten egg tarts before.****

    1) and 2) don't carry this meaning!!

    That's it for now. I hope you understand their differences.


    By the way, that's a nice question you brought up.


  • 1 decade ago

    I don't really understand what you are trying to ask. but according to your example, you are right.

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