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Car or Scooter?(1)当开车族好还是电单车族好? (** 2012 SEPTEMBER 10)

(2012-09-10 09:46:25)
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Is owning a car worth the price?拥有一部自己的车真的值得吗? -- by Lauren Dean  and Elizabeth Sunshine

                           Car <wbr>or <wbr>Scooter?(1)当开车族好还是电单车族好? <wbr>(** <wbr>2012 <wbr>SEPTEMBER <wbr>10) Car <wbr>or <wbr>Scooter?(1)当开车族好还是电单车族好? <wbr>(** <wbr>2012 <wbr>SEPTEMBER <wbr>10)


   Ann: Hey, Tim, I'm thinking about buying a car. I know you have one, so what do you think?

Tim: Well, you already own a scooter. Why do you want a car?

Ann: I'd like to go on some trips with my friends. More people can fit in a car, and it's more confortable.

Tim: True, but cars are also expensive. You have to buy the car, and then pay for insurance, gas, maintenance and other expenses. I wish I still had my scooter. It was so much cheaper!

Ann: But I have money. I've been saving for a long time. And besides, don't you think a car is worth the expense?

Tim: It depends. Will you really travel enough to justify the expense? You can always rent a car.

Ann:Renting a car is expensive, too. Besides, I think the storage space would be useful for both traveling and everyday life.

Tim: I got a car because I have a wife and kids now. But you'll be the only person using the car most of the time. How much stuff will you really need to carry?

安:嘿,提姆!我考虑要买车。我知道你有一辆车子,所以想听听你有何意见?

提姆: 这个嘛...,你已经有一台电单车了,为何还想买汽车呢?

安:我希望能和朋友们一起旅游。汽车可以载比较多的人,而且也比较舒服。

提姆:话是不错,但汽车的开销也高。你的先买车,然后再付保险费、汽油费、保养维修费与其他开支。我真希望自己还留着我那部电单车它的开销低得多了。

安:但我有钱啊。我已经存了很久。再说,你难道不觉得为汽车花这些钱是值得的吗?

提姆:那要看情况而定。你行车旅行的次数真的会多到能证明花这些钱是值得的吗?而且你也可以租车来用。

安:租车很贵的。再说。我认为车子的储藏空间不论是旅行还是日常生活都很有用。

提姆:我买车是因为自己现在有太太和小孩了。但你大部分时间都只有自己一个人用车。你真正需要带在车上的东西会有多少?

 

Chat Room (borrow / lend / rent)

今天这一课讨论有车到底值不值的。课文中 Tim 说:You can always rent a car.Rent 是租用,那是要付费的。你如果来图书馆借书,那就不是 rent,而是 borrow 借。借还有一个字 lend, 这两个字的差别在于 borrow 是借入。你 borrow 一样东西以后,将来是要还给主人的,这是借用者的动作。Lend 是借出,将东西借给别人,那是主人的动作。所以,你来到图书馆是 borrow a book, 而图书馆是 lend you a book.

另外讲到借用,我们中文讲到借厕所,很多人就会直接讲 Can I borrow your bathroom? 但是你如果这么讲呢,是表示把整座厕所借走、拿回家的意思,除非你是向人家借一座流动厕所回去用,否则借用厕所应该是 May I use your bathroom 才对。

 

 

       文章重点

   Maintenance是不可数名词,maintenance 是指维修、或保养,例如: Manager is responsible for the building maintenance.经理负责这栋大楼的维修。Your car needs regular maintenance.你的车需要定期保养。它的动词是 maintain ,例如: The airline is known for maintaining a high safety standard. 这家航空公司以维持高规模的安全标准而闻名。

 

   Justify 动词,我们看到这个字里面有just(合理的)这个形容词,所以justify是证明是正当的、合理的,例如: He needs a very good reason to justify his repetitive tardiness.他需要一个理由来解释他为什么总是迟到。There's no way that Wesley can justify his violent behavior.卫斯理找不到任何可以解释他暴行的理由。

 

   Storage是不可数名词,它的动词是 store 是指储藏,所以名词 storage 是指储藏、保管,例如: The chairs can be folded for easy storage. 这些椅子可以折叠,方便储藏。 Storage 也指储物空间,例如: Our attic is mostly used for storage .我们的阁楼大多用来储藏。

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