LOHAS asked in 社會與文化語言 · 1 decade ago

English Question

Q: What day does Amy go shopping?

A1: She goes shopping on Friday.

A2: On Friday.

A3: It's on Friday.

A1 和 A2 應該是可以ㄉ

但是A 3可以嗎?

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    It's on Friday. 是回答某一個事件,可能是演講或是表演,會在禮拜五舉行,才會用這個回答。這句的不像前兩個回答,On Friday 可以當作是一個助動詞,形容購物的動作。

    It is on Friday 這句話的主詞跟動詞 its (It is) 限訂了on Friday 只能形容一個事件,而不是動作。

    參考以下的問題:When is Blink 182 concernt? It's on Friday. 注意看It 是代表演唱會,而不是動作。

    2008-01-11 15:46:24 補充:

    Action is something one's do or perform.

    An event is an occurance happened at a specific time.

    2008-01-11 15:46:33 補充:

    Look at the question, 'What day does Amy go shopping?'. The question gives an impression, or to me at least, asking when this action take place. Therefore, you are looking for an adverb or an adjective describing an action.

    2008-01-11 15:46:55 補充:

    Now, going back to the answers

    A: She goes shopping on Friday.

    It is an complete sentence answering the date when the action shopping takes place.

    2008-01-11 15:47:02 補充:

    B: On Friday.

    It is an abbreviated answer. Because 'On Friday' does not specified what it tries to descirbed, so it can go either way, and therefore acceptable.

    2008-01-11 15:47:31 補充:

    C: It is on Friday.

    The subject and the verb of this sentence 'it is' denotes that 'It' as something, not action. Using an action 'running' as an example. Running is on Friday does sound awkward. It is acceptable to say 'Marathon', which is an event, is on Friday, but rarely vice versa.

    2008-01-11 16:02:26 補充:

    To John's question,

    Well, grammar provides a set of standards for people to follow.

    Let me answer your question first. You do bring a valid point, 'Amy go to the mall' is an event. Still, the question here still looks for when the action 'go' takes place, so A3 still not okay.

    2008-01-11 16:05:29 補充:

    The problem here is not the grammar, but the context. What kind of answer this question is looking for. Based on the context of your question, it is not looking for how long does 'goes' take, it is looking for when 'goes' take place.

    2008-01-11 16:14:21 補充:

    I do not know who set the grammar rules, but grammar rules are established to distinguish different tense, allowing people to have a more complete perception on the time, and the person of the articles they are reading, and therefore important.

    2008-01-11 16:19:37 補充:

    How long and where she live is not the scope of this question. 'Amy goes to the mall' only cares about when 'goes to the mall' takes place, specially the action 'goes'. If considering the entire phrase as an event, then the question needs to be rephrase.

    2008-01-11 16:23:08 補充:

    You don't ask 'what day does (event)?'. You say 'What day does (event) takes place?'.

    I am not sure where you are going with computer programming. You mean polymorhpism, function overload, operator overloading or data abstraction?

    Source(s): 自己不學無術, Why is the limit on English Character so small?
  • 1 decade ago

    No offense. just some opinion.

    I post on the "comment", but exceeds word limits.

    I have little knowledge about grammar, that's why I am here.

    Most of the time, I was so frustrated by the rule, even feel ridiculous.

    If someone asked you when did you go to the Mall?

    You might say, "Friday", " Yes, it was Friday," "last friday", "On Friday" or " i went to the Mall on Friday with..."

    Sometimes, you couldn't make sure, and said, " no, it was Wednesday. and, "yes, Wednesday."

    I can not see why all the answers are acceptable.

    Yes, in elementary scool, teacher will want us to answeer, "She goes shopping on Friday.

    Don't you think it's stupid answer when you grow up.

    Grammar is made up with rules. And all rules are made to be broken.

    Merriam-Webster only suggests so-called good English, will not prohibit the natural way to speak or write English because that is the real situation where language personifies. Say it. Read it. Write it. Forget it. Invent it.

    2008-01-11 12:09:53 補充:

    I can not see why all the answers are not acceptable.

    2008-01-11 15:28:12 補充:

    response to 天空霸主:

    Please define " 動作" and "事件"

    My recognition is related to computer programming.

    Let's just say "Action" and "Event".

    I suppose you prefer Amy go shopping is an "Action."

    2008-01-11 15:33:39 補充:


    If I change the question to, "Amy go to the Mall",

    How will you consider it, an "Action" or "Event"?

    May be you'll say it's short time trip, better set it an "Action"

    2008-01-11 15:34:25 補充:


    I don't know how long does she take to get there and spend.

    Now Time is another factor.

    How about Amy go to Tokyo?

    Do you know where she lives? Japan or Taipei.

    Then, how do you decide it's an "Action" or "Event".

    2008-01-11 15:35:27 補充:


    In programming, It depends on how you defind it. And you can.

    In Grammar, who set the rule.

    The Grammar Book. I suppose.

    2008-01-11 18:12:07 補充:

    To: 天空霸主

    Apprecite your thoughts.

    I understand your points and the answer is not what I want.

    It's logic and reasoning. I try to defy it.

    But consider this, someday we might have different mindset.

    2008-01-11 20:11:41 補充:

    Not to be provotive and to negate your argument.

    please think of these questions,

    1.) Why "go shopping" can not be an event? Because It's a "go+Ving", or comformity of recognition causing from Grammar rule.

  • 1 decade ago

    A 3可以

    例如: What day is it? It's...

  • 1 decade ago

    A3 is not the correct answer

    the subject in the question is "Amy", so the subject in the anser should be the same person "Amy". However, the subject on A3 is "it". Amy is a person not an object. Therefore A3 is not the correct answer

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