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faith2k



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:16 am    Post subject: keep one's options open Reply with quote

One thing I find difficult about acquiring a second language is about giving structural variation to an existing idiom and making sure it is still acceptable.

For example using one expression, "keep one's options open", can I say "keep some other options open" as in the context, "Amy wants to work for a Japanese company when she goes back to Vietnam. She also kept some other options open such as coming back to Japan and work as translator or enter a graduate school in Japan."?

Thank you very much!
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Lorikeet



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:54 pm    Post subject: Re: keep one's options open Reply with quote

faith2k wrote:
One thing I find difficult about acquiring a second language is about giving structural variation to an existing idiom and making sure it is still acceptable.

For example using one expression, "keep one's options open", can I say "keep some other options open" as in the context, "Amy wants to work for a Japanese company when she goes back to Vietnam. She also kept some other options open such as coming back to Japan and work as translator or enter a graduate school in Japan."?

Thank you very much!


Yes that would work, except you need "working" as a translator or "entering" a graduate school in Japan because the have to match "coming back".
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faith2k



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PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you, Lorikeet.
It was very helpful. Wink
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