A: Oh, no. My hair is thinning. Every time I comb it, large clumps of hair come away. It’s a bit scary.
B: What are you gonna do? Going bald is every man’s fate. It happens to quite a lot of women, too.
A: Is there a hairstyle that will make it look like I have more hair?
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B: Well, some people comb hair over from the side to cover up the thinning part, but it doesn’t look very natural. Or you could drop a ton of cash and get a hair transplant.
A: Like that tech mogul guy? He used to be an unsociable nerd, then he turned into a charming, handsome man: What a transformation!
B: But I recommend that you either go for a crew cut or just shave your head, which would go well with your stocky physique. You’ll look just like an action movie star.
(Translated by Paul Cooper, Taipei Times／台北時報林俐凱)
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What are you gonna do?
Depending on how it is said, this could either be a genuine question or a rhetorical question meaning that there is actually nothing you can do, it’s just a fact of life.
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