You are not allowed to change the departing station. (I don't want to sound forceful)

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xuliang

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Chinese Mandarin
It was at a trin station. A forgiener in front of me was changing a ticket in the window. His ticket is from Beijing(departing station) to Shanghai(terminal); he wanted to change the departing station from Beijing to Xian. But the staffer said that he could only change the terminal; he can't change the departing station. The foreigner didn't quite understand. I translated to the foreigner:
"You are not allowed to change the departing station; you can only change the terminal station. "

I am wondering if my sentence sounds forceful. If so, what would you suggest, so he knows it's the rule and would not take offense? Thank you.
 
  • DonnyB

    Sixties Mod
    English UK Southern Standard English
    It would be more usual, I think, to say:
    "You can't change the departure station; you can only change the terminal station" :)
     

    Language Hound

    Senior Member
    American English
    If it's a rule, I think it's fine to say "You are not allowed to..."
    I don't think anyone would take offense at that phrasing.
    I would say: You're not allowed to change the departure station; you can only change your destination.

    "Terminal" refers to a bus or train station at the end of the line (in AE at least).
     
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