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O'Borg:
Question for the non-Native English speakers : does the concept of "I" and "We" translate easily from English, especially for people who's native langauge is Arabic?
 
I've been working with and assisting a guy at work who speaks English as a second language. Every time he talks to the boss about work we've done together, he always says "I've done".
I'm trying to give the guy the benefit of the doubt over his English skills, and that he's not trying to take full credit for shared work (which doesnt bother me as I've worked for the boss for five years compared to his three months), but some of his recent actions are leading me to beleive he's a bit of a selfish git.

Blackleaf:
"Je" and "Nous" are seperate words in French.

Edit:

أنا and نحن are seperate words in Arabic as well.

Sosthenes:
This is coming straight out of the Googleverse, but it seems that Arabic _does_ have distinct words for I and we. Conjugation seems to make them generally unneccesary, so maybe that's the point.

I'd still guess (nevermind Sturgeon's law) that he's a selfish prick...

Edit: Of course it's Hanlon's Razor ("Never attribute to malice which can be explained with stupidity"), not Sturgeon's Law ("90% of everything is crud").

SunBoy:

--- Quote from: Sosthenes ---This is coming straight out of the Googleverse, but it seems that Arabic _does_ have distinct words for I and we. Conjugation seems to make them generally unneccesary, so maybe that's the point.

I'd still guess (nevermind Sturgeon's law) that he's a selfish prick...

Edit: Of course it's Hanlon's Razor ("Never attribute to malice which can be explained with stupidity"), not Sturgeon's Law ("90% of everything is crud").
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Think the worst, and you'll be right.

Yo y nosotros son palabras diferentes en español, también. Pero al igual que en el árabe, el verbo generalmente las hace innecesarias en la oración. E.G.: Uno no diría "Nosotros hicimos el trabajo", sino simplemente "Hicimos el trabajo", a menos que esté específicamente separando el sujeto de un grupo mayor. "Nosotros hicimos el trabajo, no ellos." :P

I speaked no good english, but I can write in spanish.

Dr Rotwang!:

--- Quote from: SunBoy ---I speaked no good english, but I can write in spanish.
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...pues...este...me parece que si, hombre.

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