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與其...不如... or different structure?


Rai

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I am supposed to translate the below sentence into Chinese.

“Are you telling me that you only care about the price and not the quality?"

So far I have "你只买最便宜的衣服,难道你在乎。。。"

I am struggling to translate the "the price and not the quality?" part of the sentence.

Through some basic Google searching I found the 與其...不如... structure. However it seems a bit of a distant translation.

I could write "你只买最便宜的衣服,难道你在乎與其质量不如价钱?” Something tells me however this is not grammatically correct with "在乎“ included.

Does this make sense: "你只买最便宜的衣服,难道你只在乎价钱还是质量?”

Thanks for your help!

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Consider  "你只买最便宜的衣服,难道你只在乎,而不在乎它的质料?” 

 

Also, quality does not include 量 quantity.

 

PS -  與其...不如... means something like instead of doing A, would rather do B.

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而 here means "but".Take a look at the following links for reference.

 

http://humanum.arts.cuhk.edu.hk/cgi-bin/agrep-lindict?query=%a6%d3&category=wholerecord (see coupled with negative 不, meaning “and yet,” “but”)

 

http://www.mdbg.net/chindict/chindict.php?page=worddict&wdrst=1&wdqb=%E8%80%8C

 

As to 質量, people in mainland China might use it to mean quality. Elsewhere it sounds weird as the word covers quality and quantity. I never use 質量 to mean quality. Compare the two links below -

 

http://www.mdbg.net/chindict/chindict.php?page=worddict&wdrst=1&wdqb=%E8%B3%AA%E9%87%8F

 

http://www.mdbg.net/chindict/chindict.php?page=worddict&wdrst=1&wdqb=%E8%B3%AA%E7%B4%A0

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