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Reply Tue 22 Dec, 2009 08:30 pm
The traditional Chinese large family tree is going to crumble away in only half century.

Do you think “crumble away” is a good expression here?I cannot come up with an appropriate one here, Can you help me?

Thanks a lot.
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Reply Tue 22 Dec, 2009 10:20 pm
@jinmin1988,
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The traditional Chinese large family tree is going to crumble away in only half century.

Do you think “crumble away” is a good expression here?I cannot come up with an appropriate one here, Can you help me?


By 'crumble away' do you mean gradually decline in importance?
contrex
 
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Reply Wed 23 Dec, 2009 01:31 am
@jinmin1988,
fade away
disappear

Are you sure you mean "family tree" and not just "family" or perhaps "extended family" (3 or 4 generations in same house)?

A family tree is a diagram on paper or a concept.

jinmin1988
 
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Reply Wed 23 Dec, 2009 05:41 am
@contrex,
Thank you, Contrex.

"extended family" would be better.
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jinmin1988
 
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Reply Wed 23 Dec, 2009 05:43 am
@JTT,
Thank you, JTT.

I just mean "disappear"
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