I'm trying to give a presentation to my Chinese class on fair division procedures, and I want to describe the simple method of "you cut I choose". I think a literal translation would be something like 你分为我选择, but I wonder if there's a colloquial way to say this or some relevant chengyu.

  • Why do you use "为"?
    – wuyefeibao
    Aug 8, 2014 at 5:51
  • It was in my dictionary, @wuyefeibao.
    – Don Kirkby
    Aug 8, 2014 at 14:15
  • that is a separate question. If you say "cut it into two pieces" you can say "分为两块", but "you cut" can only be "你切".
    – wuyefeibao
    Aug 8, 2014 at 19:30

3 Answers 3


I think you simply name it "你切我选".

Other names to this method is "我切你选", "分割与选择"(divide and choose), "切蛋糕问题"(cake-cutting problem)


In additional to wuyefeibao's suggestion, "分者後取" or "分者後拿" is also okay.

"分者" == the one who cuts

"後取/拿" => takes the remaining piece after the other person


In Cantonese, I would explain this way


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