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

toeic英文文法

1.Scientists established a preserve for endangered species, but their efforts were of no avail.

請問這句were of no avail為什會有of

不能were no就好嗎??

2.The flag is an emblem of the idea's of the nation.

為什麼idea's要+'這符號??

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    1. but their efforts were of no avail.

    = but their efforts were not successful.

    of no avail 是慣用語,表示 「毫無成效」、「一點都不成功」。 這個 of 不能省略,因為 英語 of + 名詞 = 形容詞,這裡的意思我們也可以用形容詞來表示,等於 not successful (at all)。

    類似的用法,還有 of little avail, 表示 「成效不大」。

    2.The flag is an emblem of the ideals of the nation.

    原句 idea's 顯然是書本排版錯誤,或掃描未校正,正確應該是 ideals (理想)。意思是 「國旗是國家理想的象徵符號」。

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