no time ≠ 沒空、no call ≠ 沒電話?別被「NO」誤導的英文用法

no time ≠ 沒空、no call ≠ 沒電話?別被「NO」誤導的英文用法

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If you say that you have no time for a person or thing, you mean you do not like them or approve of them. 如果你說對某人或某件事「have no time」,就是指你不喜歡這個人,或者不贊同這件事。
有一天 Mark 邀請外國同事,參加另一個同事 Sally 的餐會。結果外國同事就說:I have no time for her. 奇怪了!都還沒有說餐會的時間就說 no time,這是怎麼了? 1. have no time for someone 朗文字典上解釋: If you say that you have no time for a person or thing, you mean you do not like them or approve of them.  如果你說對某人或某件事「have no time」,就是指你不喜歡這個人,或者不贊同這件事。 例句:I have no time for people who are always complaining. (我不喜歡老是抱怨的人。) 也可以稍微變化一下,have no time = don't have much time I don't have much time for people like him. (我不喜歡像他這樣的人。) 所以當老外說「I don't have time for Sally.」 也許他和 Sally 之間有不愉快,壓根就沒想去,而不只是字面上說的沒時間。 說到沒時間,我們很容易脫口而出「I have no time.」但這句話後面沒有加一點說明,像「I have no time to talk about those issues」(我沒有時間談這些事。)就會讓人想入非非。好比我們告訴朋友,「我時間不多了」,可能會把人嚇壞,朋友還以為是「沒有多少活著的時間」。 真的沒空,時間很趕可以用: (X)I have no time. (O)I am running out of time. (O)I am in a rush/in a hurry. 還有兩個類似錯誤,之前的文章提過,再幫大家複習一下: 2. 我沒經驗 (X)I have no experience. (O)I don't know much about it. Experience 是一個比較籠統的概念,have no experience 究竟是什麼經驗,感覺話沒講完,沒頭沒尾。 3. You have no call to do that. (X)你沒有打電話做這事。 (O)你沒有必要這樣做。 Call 除了打電話以外,也有「必要,理由」的意思,例如:There's no call for that kind of language! (沒有必要這樣說話。) (本文出自世界公民文化中心,熟到老外都覺得你英文好,加入量身訂做的 1on1 program)