BBC Learning English 英语教学

地道英語

About 這個詞的意思可不只是“關于”

[圖片來源:Getty Images]

內容簡介

我們都知道,英語單詞“about”的常用含義是“關于,有關”。不過在口語中,“about”還有一個特殊的用法。在本集《地道英語》中,菲菲和 Neil 不僅會教給大家“about”的另一個用法,還會介紹一位叫做 Mark 的神秘嘉賓。

文字稿

(關于臺詞的備注: 請注意這不是廣播節目的逐字稿件。本文稿可能沒有體現錄制、編輯過程中對節目做出的改變。)

Feifei
大家好,歡迎收聽BBC英語教學的《地道英語》節目。我是馮菲菲。

Neil
And I’m Neil.

Feifei
In this programme, we’re talking about… ‘about’!

Neil
About ‘about’? 

Feifei
About ‘about’! 

Neil
This is getting silly! We are indeed talking about the word ‘about’ – but not as it’s usually used. 

Feifei
是的,我們來給大家舉例說明。Is Mark about today?

Neil
Yes, I saw him this morning. 

Feifei
那么也就是說剛才我在問你“Is Mark about today?”的時候,我指的并不是“Mark 這個人本身和‘today 今天’是不是有關系”,而我的意思是“Mark 在嗎?Is Mark here”?

Neil
 ‘About’ means ‘here’, or ‘somewhere near here’. 

Feifei
“Mark’s about.”的意思就是“Mark’s near here.”By the way who’s Mark?

Neil
No idea. But I know he’s near here! 

Feifei
Well, that’s reassuring. Time for some more examples about ‘about’.

Examples
Hi, is Sue about? Just need to give her some files. 

Will you be about this evening? I want to ask a big favour. 

There’s no one about. It’s a bit scary.

Don’t talk like that. There are children about.

Feifei
There we are. ‘About’ meaning in or close to an area. 單詞“about”除了表達我們熟悉的“有關…”的意思之外,還可以表示“在某個地方”或者“在附近”。

Neil
You know, there’s another word that behaves like this. 

Feifei
You’re talking about… ‘around’! 

Neil
Indeed. We could ask: “Is Mark around?”

Feifei
And we know the answer to that: you saw him this morning.

Neil
Except… I didn’t really see him. Because Mark doesn’t exist… 

Mark
Hi – I’m Mark.

Neil
Ah, Mark! 

Feifei
We were just talking about you!

Neil
And we were just talking about ‘about’.

Feifei
And ‘around’.

Neil
Goodbye.

Feifei
Bye.

Mark
Bye bye.

Copyright © 2017