Saturday, 29 September 2012

'A Chinese American' 和 'an American Chinese' 有分別嗎?

在此回應某學生的一條問題:'A Chinese American' 和 'an American Chinese' 有分別嗎?

一個在美國出生或入籍成為公民的人,自然就是美國人 (an American)。假若這個人是華裔 (Chinese) 的,那他就是 'a Chinese American',即「美籍華人」。這時候,'Chinese' 是一個形容詞 (adjective),而 'American' 則是一個名詞 (noun)。

同樣地,在 'an American Chinese' 中,'American' 是一個 adjective,而 'Chinese' 則是一個 noun。假如一個美國人在中國入籍成為公民,那他就是 'an American Chinese' 了。

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