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Anonymous asked in 社會與文化語言 · 7 years ago

請教英文文法 says I

歐亨利的小說,

請問如果看到says Bill可能還覺得正常些。

(1)為何要用says I ? say為何要加s(是什麼文法規則嗎)?

(2)一般小說動詞,不都是過去式?它這裡是要強調什麼嗎?

"Hey little boy!" says Bill, "would you like to have a bag of candy and a nice ride?"

"Red Chief," says I to the boy, "would you like to go home?"

http://learningenglish.voanews.com/content/a-23-20...

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  • 7 years ago
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    You need to grow up in English culture to understand this:

    If a kid rebels against a parent, say, when his Mom asks him to put away his toys, he usually says "Says who?"

    Typically, the mom, being upset, will say, "Says I" which is a quick and authoritative response with direct substitution of "who" with "I".

    So, "Says I" is used by authoritative figure to place a quick and definite order to mean

    "I say so and no more argument!"

    2012-11-21 03:21:58 補充:

    Oh, did I miss the Q2? Sorry!

    All non-documentary literature have an important component - so-call narrative point of view. When a first person is also a character in the story line, usually you need to follow his timeline, not yours.

    2012-11-21 03:22:37 補充:

    To you the story may be in the past, but to him, it may be in the future...

    2012-11-21 09:20:35 補充:

    My neighbor cell (26536) is vacant, unless melon dude is renting.

    2012-11-21 09:32:23 補充:

    I do see dead people all the time and I start seeing smashed melon nowadays.

    2012-11-21 23:34:18 補充:

    Watch whatever you want is OK, just no hands (nor paws). I need both melons and bear (or panda) paws to complete my thanksgiving dindin.

    Oh, by the way, I think challenge to a duet is better fit for holiday.

    2012-11-24 11:56:29 補充:

    Duet, dudes, duet is for the holiday season....

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  • 7 years ago

    More wise remarks from prison chick

    2012-11-21 20:57:17 補充:

    And Master SaGwa, I will challenge you to a dual for that space next to prisoner now knowing she is a young chick

    2012-11-22 20:48:06 補充:

    Haha...you sure worry too much for a sagwa...

    Regarding the dual, lets make it a "duo" instead...we shall call it the sagwa/panda band

    Ok now they can zap me

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  • 7 years ago

    "master 26535 +1! " says I

    2012-11-21 09:30:20 補充:

    master 26535!, you must have 6th sense to know "I am renting".

    2012-11-21 10:36:17 補充:

    Thank you for giving me the warning !

    2012-11-22 09:17:13 補充:

    master 26535 and panda! if we keep having fun like this, we can all get zapped like the one with car wash. As far as the dual, no problem, just tell me when and where!

    2012-11-22 09:18:35 補充:

    To be fair, you need to find a place that I will not get smashed as master 26535 sees in her 6th sense.

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