I think I understand the first part of this sentence, but sometimes Chinese surprises me completely, so I'd like to check. The text discusses 2 pilots who quit their jobs. Have I read it correctly, or completely wrong?


见两人去意已决 = see 2 people go-idea already decide

= Seeing that the 2 pilots had already decided to go,

Maybe better '见‘ here means 'being aware, aware, realizing, understanding'

I really like the way Chinese can do this '去意‘, so condensed, so direct, if I understand it correctly.

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    Correct and correct.
    – NS.X.
    Jul 19, 2015 at 4:13
  • Yes, it's the beauty of Chinese!
    – user4072
    Jul 19, 2015 at 4:35
  • Could someone please provide a full translation?
    – Ludi
    Jul 19, 2015 at 10:40
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    You are all correct. However, the whole sentence does not make sense to me. If they decided to leave, why spent money and gave them further training? 去意已决 as you translated, decided to leave, no room for negotiating. If it is 去意强烈 (strongly inclined to leave), then it makes a lot more sense
    – jf328
    Jul 20, 2015 at 12:14
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    translation: Realizing that the two has determined to leave, the airline mentioned, within (the last, implied) ten years the company has sent them overseas to study yearly, having spent 849 thousand dollars and 1.128 million dollars respectively.
    – user11348
    Jul 24, 2015 at 6:38

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Yes you are exactly correct!

去意 means 去 的 意思

which is exactly "the decision to go"

You are also understanding 见 the right way.

Many condensed and direct words you see are used as regular words in old Chinese. Many are not used in modern oral Chinese, but definitely a lot in wr

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