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Old May 28, 2012, 08:33 AM
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Son muy suyos

Los franceses son muy suyos.
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Do you think chauvinistic would be a good term?
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The French are very odd/peculiar.
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If the term has a neutral connotation, you may say, the French are their
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The French are very odd/peculiar.
This suggests that the French are very peculiar in the sense of strange/weird. While this is undoubtably true , I wonder whether ´peculiar´ takes on a less common meaning of 'of one's own', individual, not like others.

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suyo1-ya adjetivo ......

ser muy suyo: no le cuenta nada a nadie, es muy suyo he doesn't tell anyone anything, he keeps himself very much to himself; eso es muy suyo he's/she's like that, that's typical of him/her
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In American English peculiar generally has a negative context unless it is followed by to. Do you think particular would be a better term?
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well , ser muy suyo in Spanish means what Perikles suggested ser muy suyo: no le cuenta nada a nadie, es muy suyo he doesn't tell anyone anything, he keeps himself very much to himself; eso es muy suyo he's/she's like that, that's typical of him/her
but there´s another meaning, for example if the French need Spanish teachers and you go to France, They would hire a teacher from France first, without considering the accent and fluency. I don´t know maybe chauvinistic is the first fit in this context.
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In American English peculiar generally has a negative context unless it is followed by to. Do you think particular would be a better term?
Well, it doesn't make sense to me to say "The French are particular" in context, because it means they are fussy. I don't really know how to express "muy suyos" in English when a pejorative is not really intended.

The example of the French is a bad one, because obviously a pejorative meaning is always meant.
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