Correct spelling, explanation: the origin of the adjective Chinese can be found in Qin, who was a Chinese dynasty and the word was pronounced as chin. Nevertheless, it wasn’t until the 16th century when Chinese entered English from Portuguese. In modern English, Chinese is a popularly used adjective.
Definition of Chinese:
1. adjective – anything which belongs or refers to China, e.g. language, people, food, etc.,
There are plenty of Chinese immigrants in England, but they adapt and learn English really quickly.
Expressions and idioms with Chinese:
A few common expressions and idioms with Chinese include:
1. Chinese puzzle – a situation that is complicated or hard to understand,
My relationship with Tom is like a Chinese puzzle to me and I actually have no idea what are his feelings about me.
2. Chinese gooseberry – another word for kiwi fruit,
When I was on holiday in Asia I’ve eaten there the most delicious Chinese gooseberry ever.
3. Chinese lantern – a paper lantern,
The parade finished with a hundred Chinese lanterns let out in the air – it was truly amazing.
Incorrect spelling, explanation: chinese is an English word that causes some spelling problems. It’s probably the result of the pronunciation as there is a long -i sound in this word, which is often expressed in spelling as a double -e letter. Therefore, many users of English spell Chinese as
Chineese, which is incorrect.
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