My Chinese colleague wrote to me on WeChat:

I just had three teeth pulled out

I attempted to reply, but I think I totally botched it:


I was trying to say

From now on, every time I hear 拔, I will think of you going to the dentist.

I realize now that 从来 should be 从此 (cóngcǐ; henceforth), but the rest of the sentence feels rather uncomfortable to me.

Question: How do I say "from now on, every time I hear 拔, I will think of you going to the dentist"?

Being a bit more careful, I came up with this attempt:


  • "From now on, every time I hear 拔, I will think of you going to the dentist." I'm not sure what's the point you are trying to make. The sentence is quite 'English'. It seems a bit awkward when it becomes Chinese.
    – dan
    Oct 18, 2019 at 12:44
  • It’s a new character for me, so whenever I see 拔 in the future and think about what it’s associated with, I’ll only have one memory, namely my colleague going to the dentist.
    – Becky 李蓓
    Oct 18, 2019 at 12:47
  • Then try: 我今后再碰到“拔”这个字,可能就会想到你拔牙这事。
    – dan
    Oct 18, 2019 at 15:21

1 Answer 1



"from now on" is translated as "從今以後", not just "从此" (since this moment/ since that moment)

"记起" means "remember", you should use "会想起" (will think of) instead



"牙医" means "dentist", which is a person, you should either write "在牙医診所时" (when you were at the dentist's office) or "去看牙医时" (when you went to see the dentist)


拔出牙齿 should be reduced to "拔牙"

"拔牙" is a common verb



From now on, whenever I hear the word "pull", I will think of when you were at the dentist's office getting your teeth pulled

It is a good enough sentence, however "你在牙医診所拔牙" is an "image/ scene" in your mind, which is the object for the verb "想起". Therefore, a better sentence should be:


Use 这件事 (this event) instead of 那件事 (that event) because it is an immediate respond to the event you just heard of.

Use “拔”这个字 (the word "pull") instead of “拔”那个字 (that word "pull")


Replace 情況 (situation) or 情景(scene) with 慘況 (horrible scene) would sound much more dramatic

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