tony asked in 社會及文化語言 · 1 decade ago

英文idom

我想問idom受唔受tense的影響,即係如果我用緊past tense作文,咁成句idom會唔會轉tense

(Action speaks louder than words)會唔會變成(Action spoke louder than words)

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Action speaks louder than words

    「行動勝於雄辯」, 或者「行動勝於空談」 (即是行動最實際)

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    實例: http://itsgettinghotinhere.org/2008/06/30/actions-...

    Actions spoke louder than words today as Blue Ridge Earth First! (BREF!) and Mountain Justice (MJ) blockaded Dominion’s Richmond Headquarters early this morning.

    兩種表達方式都可以 (e.g. present tense or past tense, 或者甚至係其他時式, 視乎個別idiom用法而定) , 但用法上會有少許分別. 例如在以上這用法 , 只係特別指「今早」, 所以要指明係”today”, 才可以用past tense.

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    或者我們再看一看其他例子.

    如果你要指「太陽從東邊升起」 (這個定律, 即一般情況), 就需要用 present tense. 但如果你想指「今早太陽升起的時候」 (只是那一刻, 即某一次特定的情況, 而並非一般情況), 則需要轉用 past tense

    http://www.songlyrics.com/herman-dune/when-the-sun... (雖然這個不是idiom, 但只是用作解釋, 不同情況可以用不同時式)

    but when the sun rose up this morning

    my baby kissed me on the mouth (rose = past tense)

    http://starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/StarChild/ques...

    Why does the Sun rise in the east and set in the west? (Present tense)

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    http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/

    bore somebody to death 令人生厭/ 感覺乏味 (悶死人)

    to make someone lose interest completely Herman was bored to death by the stories Arlie told. (was = past tense)

    圖片參考:http://l.yimg.com/f/i/tw/ugc/rte/smiley_1.gif

    peace

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    1 decade ago

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  • Ling
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    We normally do not change tense of an idiom. However, it depends how and where it is used.

    Please tell us more than the idiom itself before we can help.

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