【多益高分達人】必學社交英文!如何用英文『提出自己的建議』?

「提出建議」是家人朋友、職場社交都會遇到的話題。「你何不請 Amy 幫忙」、「我們何不先去吃飯再去看電影比較順路」…等等英文該怎麼說呢?先來看看以下這個對話,再看詳解的部分,就會找到答案囉!

A: Hello, John. Sorry to bother you. ___[1]___ I know you are on your way to the conference, but I really can’t find the sales leads from the last exhibition. Are you sure it’s in Dropbox?

B: Well, I think so. ___[2]___ I think she has the sales leads, too.

A: I’ve already sent her a message, but she is probably in the middle of a meeting with our big clients, so she hasn’t replied.

B: ___[3]___ I’ll be back to the office by 2:00. If Amy hasn’t replied by then, I’ll see what I can do to help. You can work on other things first. ___[4]___

請問以下這句要擺在對話中的哪個位置最好呢?
If you still can’t find it, why don’t you ask Amy for help?

(A) [1]
(B) [2]
(C) [3]
(D) [4]
用英文提建議

 

解答翻譯

正解:(B)

A: Hello, John. Sorry to bother you.
(哈囉,John。不好意思打擾你。)

I know you are on your way to the conference, but I really can’t find the sales leads from the last exhibition.
(我知道你在去會議的路上,但我真的找不到上次展覽的潛在客戶名單。)

Are you sure it’s in Dropbox?
(你確定它在 Dropbox 裡?)

B: Well, I think so. If you still can’t find it, why don’t you ask Amy for help?
(嗯,我是這麼想的。如果你還是找不到,你何不請 Amy 幫忙?)

I think she has the sales leads, too.
(我想她也有潛在客戶名單。)

A: I’ve already sent her a message, but she is probably in the middle of a meeting with our big clients, so she hasn’t replied.
(我已經傳了一個訊息給她了,但她或許還在和我們的大客戶開會,所以還沒回覆。)

B: I’ll be back to the office by 2:00.
(我下午兩點前會回辦公室。)

If Amy hasn’t replied by then, I’ll see what I can do to help.
(如果 Amy 到那個時候還沒回覆,我會看可以怎麼幫忙。)

You can work on other things first.
(你可以先做別的事。)

 

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答案詳解

If you still can’t find it, why don’t you ask Amy for help?(如果你還是找不到,你何不請 Amy 幫忙?)是一種「提議」,Amy 這個人會是第一次出現在會話裡,後面再用 She(她)來代替 Amy。若把這句擺在 [3] 或 [4] 的位置,整個對話就會變成先出現 She,再出現 Amy,不太合邏輯喔。

這句話也不適合放在 [1] 的位置,因為 A 是求助者的角色,而這句話是在給建議,所以放在 B 說的句子中比較恰當。

接下來要補充一下,若要給人建議,其實也可以用直述句 You can…,例如 You can ask Amy for help.。但若要讓語氣更強烈,就可以用問句 Why don’t you…?,像這裡的 Why don’t you ask Amy for help?,或者用更口語的問法「Why not + 原形動詞」,例如 Why not ask Amy for help?

以下用這個問句句型,造幾個句子給大家看喔:

1. If you like the blouses so much, why don’t you buy both?
(如果你那麼喜歡這些女生上衣,為什麼不兩件都買?)

= If you like the blouses so much, why not buy both?

2. Why don’t we have brunch first and then go to the movies? This way, we don’t have to make a detour.
(我們為什麼不先吃早午餐,然後再去看電影?這樣的話,我們就不用繞路了。)

= Why not have brunch first and then go to the movies? This way, we don’t have to make a detour.

 

重點單字

bother(動詞)打擾、麻煩
– on one’s way to(介係詞片語)某人在去…的路上
conference(名詞)會議
sales leads(名詞)淺在客戶名單
exhibition(名詞)展覽
– ask…for help(動詞)請…幫忙、向…請求協助
– in the middle of(介係詞片語)在…中間
client(名詞)客戶
reply(動詞)回覆
work on(動詞片語)努力做…

 

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