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"HELLO" by Adele

Hello, it's me

I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet

To go over everything

They say that time's supposed to heal ya

But I ain't done much healing

 

Hello, can you hear me?

I'm in California dreaming about who we used to be

When we were younger and free

I've forgotten how it felt before the world fell at our feet

 

1. 過去進行式:「那時」正在發生的事。

I was having a meeting with the client yesterday when she mentioned the updates.

當她提到最新狀況時,我正在和客戶開會。

I was conducting the meeting with my boss before leaving for lunch.

去吃午餐前,我正在和老闆開會。

 

2. 現在完成式:已經發生的事。

Thank you. I have received your email.

謝謝你,我已經收到email了。

 I have worked with this same client before.

我之前就已經跟這個客戶一起共事過了。

 

"PERFECT" by Ed Sheeran

Well I found a woman, stronger than anyone I know

She shares my dreams, I hope that someday I'll share her home

I found a love, to carry more than just my secrets

To carry love, to carry children of our own

We are still kids, but we're so in love

Fighting against all odds

I know we'll be alright this time

 

1. 情緒指南針──“well”。

語調上揚:表示難堪或不確定

Person A: Are you ready for the interview?

路人A: 準備好面試了嗎?

Person B: Well…I did prepare, but I haven’t worked in this industry before, so we’ll see!

路人B: 嗯…我是有準備,但我從來沒在這行工作過,等等就知道了! 

語調下降:表示興奮或肯定

Person A: We have a day off work this Friday!

路人A:我們這週五能放假!

Person B: Well, that is a great surprise!

路人B:嗯!這是個很棒的驚喜!

 

2. 縱使充滿挑戰──”Against all odds

Odds 是機率,違反所有的機率代表「勝算很低」。

Against all odds, the company was able to recover and save itself from bankruptcy.

即使看似困難,這間公司最終還是從破產中起死回生。

Although it felt like we were against all odds, we were able to regain some market share from our competitor.

雖然當初感到困難重重,但我們最後還是從競爭者手上取得一些市場。

 


本文收錄於英語島English Island 2018年5月號

 

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