Paul asked in 社會與文化語言 · 6 years ago

形容詞 + of + 人...

Symbolic (adj.) expressing or representing an idea or quality without using words.

Ex. Their handshake was symbolic of their nations ' friendship'.

Q1: Symbolic 的解釋中 quality 意思是?

Q2: 為什麼 of 前面為什麼使用形容詞 symbolic?不是應該用名詞嗎(誰的什麼什麼).

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  • 6 years ago
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    "quality" here has NO implied meaning. It means characteristic or feature (特性). For example,

    The trade mark of Mercede-Benz is symbolic of luxury.

    "of their nations friendship" is a prepositional phrase that is used as an adverb to describe "symbolic".

    One thing you need to know is:

    Prepositional phrase can be used as an adjective or adverb. If you write "a symbol of their nations friendship", then, "of their nations friendship" become an adjective.

    Now, why use "symbolic", but not "symbol"?

    You need know when you use noun in this sentence, you make "handshake" equal to "symbol". Like you said:

    You are a boy. (you = a boy)

    However, handshake is NOT a symbol.

    Hence, you use adjective, like

    You are handsome.

    "handsome" is just a description of "you", but is not equal to you. This is why it use "symbolic", not "symbol"

    This kind of use is very common, for example:

    It is very kind of you. (kind is an adjective)

    He is tired from the hike. (tired is an adjective)

    2014-09-09 01:56:02 補充:

    I just want to advice you:

    Don't bring the grammar to analyze the sentence BEFORE you can understand the context. Once you can understand the context, then you find a grammar rule that is suitable for it. Also, use your logic thinking.

  • Louis
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    The dove is symbolic of peace.=鴿子是和平的象徵。

    《新世紀英漢辭典》p.1401 symbolic of xxx =象徵xxx的


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  • Beth
    Lv 7
    6 years ago

    Q1: Symbolic 的解釋中 quality 意思是?

    quality 是特質, representing 是展現

    整句的意思是 不使用文字來表達想法或是展現特質

    Q2: 為什麼 of 前面為什麼使用形容詞 symbolic?不是應該用名詞嗎(誰的什麼什麼).

    of 的用法有很多種, 不是只能當成誰的什麼什麼...


    2014-09-09 00:52:55 補充:


    Think of me. (前面是動詞)

    It's nice of you to come here. (前面是形容詞)

    建議你可以查英英字典 of 這個字, 類似of這種很普通的字其實查字典很有幫助, 雖然內容很多, 不過你可以慢慢咀嚼. 保證會很有收穫.

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