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《我给的爱》杨乃文


Koneko

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Just listened to this song again (again, a nice song!) but couldn't work out what 要不 in "我给的爱要不回来" means.

Could someone please translate "我给的爱要不回来" for me? Have a look at the lyrics below for the context of the sentence:

我给的爱

词曲:张震岳

深夜的风冷冷无情

觉得夜昏暗

脚边烟蒂散落一地

像是我的心

被风吹起吹到那里

我在那里没有目的

我给的爱要不回来

你说过的话我不曾忘记

你却离开

我给的爱我给的爱不回来

我给的爱我给的我给的我给的爱

我给的爱我给的爱

Thanks,

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The 要 in 要不回來 (not 要不) indicates the action to get something back, to recover something (i.e. 把愛要回來). When the action fails, then the love is 要不回來了 / 不能要回來了.

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Thanks skylee!

I think I understand it now. 要 here is the main verb meaning "to get" in the patterns:

1. 要回来

2. 要得回来

3. 要不回来

(which are grammatically similar to:

做完

做得完

做不完

说出来

说得出来

说不出来.)

Am I correct? :D

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Did you know also know that "好+adj" = "好不+adj"??
Yes, I know about it and I'm glad that skylee steered me away from applying that to this case.

Thank you, semantic nuance! Singers from Taiwan have gathered quite a few fans on this board, haven't they?

:D

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Yes, I know about it and I'm glad that skylee steered me away from applying that to this case.

He he, that was a mousetrap. I was trying to nonplus you! :mrgreen:

Alas, you're too clever to fall for it. I will use better cheese in the future. :twisted:

Apropos, I have to tell you that Taiwanese singers are more popular than Mainland Chinese singers in my homeland. :wink:

DJ. K.

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我早已意识到我们是猫鼠关系的。

Hmm... Your sentence was right but I think a native speaker would most probably rephrase it to "我早已意识到我们的猫鼠关系了" or "我早已意识到我们之间的猫鼠关系了"

Anyway, cat and mouse can become good friends too. :-?

DJ. K.

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Thanks Koneko, I can see that your suggested sentences are clearer. However, when writing Chinese, I often find myself turning away from sentences which look like English (it's probably a kind of over-reaction in trying to avoid creating Chinglish sentences). This often leads me into making sentences which are neither here nor there! :(

Anyway, cat and mouse can become good friends too.
Is this another mousetrap?? :tong
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This often leads me into making sentences which are neither here nor there!

No worries! I make mistakes too! No one is perfect in this world. :wink:

Is this another mousetrap??

你还记得《狼来了》的教训吗?

那就是谎话一定要经常换!:mrgreen:

He he... So I'll let you decide whether to call it "mousetrap" or not. :roll:

DJ. K.

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