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Post time 2004-6-25 21:42:04 |Display all floors
Please tell me what the meaning of "the supermarket will put you back only nine Yuan" is.

The whole paragraph is "But this is all very expensive fun and relaxation.  A cup of green tea may cost you 30 Yuan or above and you have to pay at least 25 Yuan for a bottle of Corona beer from Mexico, which in the supermarket will put you back only nine Yuan.

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Post time 2004-6-25 22:07:41 |Display all floors

just try

may be:你仅仅只需9元就可以在超市搞定它。

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Post time 2004-6-25 23:01:26 |Display all floors

意译咯!

这不能直译的话,那能意译的吗?我觉得肯定是意思花仅花去你9元钱呢!难道不正确吗?

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Post time 2004-6-26 00:22:18 |Display all floors

"put you back " = "cost you"

"....which in the supermarket will put you back only nine Yuan" = "....which in the supermarket will COST YOU only nine Yuan"

The expression "put you back" is common English slang just like the expression, "What's the damage?" = "How much is the bill?"

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Post time 2004-6-26 17:36:57 |Display all floors

Thanks

Thank you all very much,

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Post time 2004-6-28 09:22:32 |Display all floors

actually the sentence is not correct.

If should be : the supermarket will put you back BY nine Yuan only.

The more money you have the more ahead you are, so if it costs 9 yuan, then your wealth will reduce by 9 yuan, hence the term "put you back by 9 yuan".

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Post time 2004-6-28 20:49:56 |Display all floors

Re: actually the sentence is not correct.

If the slang expression in the sentence is to be corrected, it should be done like this:-

"The supermarket will SET you back BY nine Yuan only."

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