In the following sentence over 知乎:


According to Pleco, I found out that 拜 can work as the following:

POLITE [used before a verb to show respect]

That might make sense in this context. But I have never seen that kind of usage of 拜 and I'm not sure if it is correct.

Or does 拜 here mean anything others?

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    Just to augment a bit: 拜Xxx所赐 is almost ALWAYS used sarcastically or ironically. I should not say it's impossible , but its literal meaning is not used, in practice. Maybe, it's not proper to use it to mean you are really grateful for one's help. For example, 拜你所赐,我考试通过了! this sentence sounds strange, because if you say 拜你所赐,I would expect you say something negative, but instead you say a positive thing.
    – dan
    Jun 15 '18 at 2:17

拜X所賜, Y is a standard expression which means Y happens, thanks to X or if it weren't for X, Y wouldn't have happened. It may also carry all the sarcasm or irony contained in the English version. If you want to decompose the structure, it literally means acknowledging the bestowed/conferred upon X, this causes Y.


Thanks to the wealthy Chinese people doing business in Russia, who enter the country without following proper procedures and underhandedly pay the inspection/police officers every time they get checked, all the police officers [who are inside this shady bribery business] now know [or more logically, are now under the impression] that Chinese people love giving bribes.


"拜" means "thanks to/ all because of" in this context

[拜] [~~~~~] [所赐] = [thanks to][~~~~~](that made it so)


[拜] [~~~~~] [所赐] could be a genuine expression of thankfulness: "thanks to ~~~~~~ that made it so"

or a sarcastic remark "all because of ~~~~~ (which caused it so)"

To [拜] a god is to thanks him for his blessing or granted wish


Definitely a sarcastic 拜

A salute to the wealthy Chinese who do business in Russia,
whose frontier crossings are all illegal,
and therefore, if investigated, pay,
pay each time,
gradually the (Russian) police learn, the Chinese can be milked.

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