PeterMollenburg wrote:smallwhite wrote:
Question 2, English
Let's say today is the 1st, and the "Best before" date on my bread says the 5th, but I know that it will actually go mouldy by the 3rd. How do I say, "It can't actually last for 5 days; it will go mouldy in 3 days"? I don't think "last" is the right word, and the whole sentence doesn't sound natural either.
Cantonese: 擺 [verb] = put, place
"擺唔倒五日" = can't put for five days
Similary, "吃不到五日" = can't eat for five days, "用唔倒十年" can't use for ten years
"Last" sounds fine to me, but "can't" doesn't. I would rephrase it like this- "It won't actually last for 5 days; it will go mouldy in 3 (days)"
That answer is perfectly correct, but you could also say "It won't actually keep for 5 days; it will go mouldy in 3."
You should also buy your bread from somewhere with more reliable labelling