"There is sugar in my tea."


January 15, 2018



the given translation 'there is sugar in my tea' flips around the literal Chinese 'my tea has sugar' - is the given translation correct for the given Chinese?

January 15, 2018


It is grammatical valid, but IMHO not a natural way that a native Chinese would say. For myself, I would probably say 我的茶里有糖, 我的茶里加了糖. Hear what other native opinions would be.

January 15, 2018


Both sentences are valid in terms of meanings. I would like to briefly go through each of them before sharing one of mine.

我的茶里有糖 is literally "My tea has sugar". 里 expands the description of the sentence, but this doesn't make a difference from the English sentence kokaku mentioned.

我的茶里加了糖 is literally "My tea inside added sugar", which makes "My tea is added with sugar". This includes more feeling and touch of vocabularies than the previous sentence.

I can also find another way to express more prosy sentences, such as 我的茶有加糖, which indicates that the sugar is already added. Instead of including 里, 有加糖 is another way to indicate that something is "being sugared". This type of sentence is more used by native speakers than three previous sentences.

January 16, 2018


The meaning is the same, yes.

January 24, 2018


我的茶里有糖 should be accepted, IMO!

February 16, 2018


I think andy is onto something. This translation is not literally correct.

January 27, 2018
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