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Why need to use " ' " in some English words? E.g. 1. Betty and Lingling are standing in front of Tian'anmen Square. [Tian'anmen Square] 2.Yes, there is a big bookshop over there, just along Xi Chang'an Jie, on the right, opposite the bank. [Xi Chang'an Jie] 3. Excuse me, can you tell me the way to Wang fujing Dajie? [Wang fujing Dajie]Yes it's a Chinese place too but it don't need " ' ", so I'm not sure if it's a problem with Pinyin.
30 giu 2015 02:25
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In the US, it is most commonly written "Tiananmen" without any marks. It is most accurately written"Tiān’ānmén".
30 giugno 2015
The apostrophe here has nothing to do with English - it is to help the pinyin IME - it is NOT necessary in fact for tiananmen since there is no 'tia' in Chinese, and the IME knows it must be tian. However when you write xian 先/现 or xi'an 西安 the apostrophe is a hint for the IME. In written English sometimes we use a dash '-' similarly to help the eye interpret the word, as in 'co-operate' co-ordinate, co-opt...
30 giugno 2015
I think it's just from transliterating the Chinese characters. I can see that it's supposed to show how to read the syllables, ie. Chang an, not Chan gan; and Tian an men, not Tia nan men. However, it's not really a standard practice in English to write words in this way, and not really how we use the apostrophe ( ' ) anyway.
30 giugno 2015
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