Alice takes Bob to a new steak restaurant.

Alice: Do you think the steak here is good?

Bob: It depends on your definition of "good."

1) What is the natural translation for Bob's statement? 要看妳的好吃的定義 and 就看妳的看法是什麼 feel like English grammar.

2) Is the translation different for Cantonese?

  • submit "definition" to iciba: It all depends on your definition of punk, doesn'tit? “这全视乎你对朋克摇滚乐的定义,不是吗?->replace 朋克摇滚乐 by "好吃"
    – user6065
    Aug 25, 2018 at 21:25
  • "depends on your definition of" could be considered English idiom which even when translated into other European languages might become "depends on how you define", accordingly check iciba: It depends on how you define capitalism. 要弄清什么是资本主义.
    – user6065
    Aug 25, 2018 at 21:44

2 Answers 2


“it depends on your definition of 'good'”

The followings could work:

這要看妳對 '好(吃)' 所下的定義是什麼 (M)

噉要睇妳對 '好(食)' 所落嘅定義係乜 (C)

這要看妳心目中 '好(吃)' 的定義是什麼 (M)

噉要睇妳心目中 '好(食)' 嘅定義係乜 (C)


The most succinct colloquial way to express this is probably:


It literally means:

  • 看 = it depends
  • 你 = you
  • 怎么看 = how [you] see [it]

which gives us something like: that depends on how you look at it.

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