【多益高分達人】我的老天鵝!因為『塞車』而『遲到』英文怎麼說?

連假開車出門最怕遇到「塞車」了,真的會令人超崩潰啊!
要怎麼用英文跟同事、家人或朋友說自己「因為塞車,所以會遲到」呢?

情境問題

A: Oh no! It looks as if we are completely stuck in traffic now. Is it possible to get to the office by nine o’ clock?

B: I don’t think we can get there by 9:30, _________ 9:00. Can you call John and tell him that we will be late for the meeting because we are stuck in traffic? See if he can reschedule the meeting for us.

(A) unless
(B) not to mention
(C) in addition to
(D) especially

塞車英文

 

解答翻譯

正解:(B)

A: Oh no! It looks as if we are completely stuck in traffic now. Is it possible to get to the office by nine o’ clock?
(喔不!看起來好像我們完全塞在路上了。有可能九點前到辦公室嗎?)

B: I don’t think we can get there by 9:30, not to mention 9:00.
(我不覺得我們可以在九點半前到,更不用說九點。)

Can you call John and tell him that we will be late for the meeting because we are stuck in traffic? See if he can reschedule the meeting for us.

(你可不可以打電話給 John,告訴他我們會因為塞車而會議遲到?看是否他可以為我們重新安排會議。)

(A) unless 除非
(B) not to mention 更不用說
(C) in addition to 除了
(D) especially 尤其是

 

答案詳解

基本上只要了解這四個選項的意思和用法,再依照前後文,就可以推斷出正確答案囉!

(A) unless

Unless 是「除非」的意思,後面會接一個小句子,有「主詞+動詞….」。舉例:

I can’t let you in unless you have your employee badge.
(除非你有員工證,否則我無法讓你進去。)

這句也可以把順序顛倒,記得加個逗號喔:

Unless you have your employee badge, I can’t let you in.

 

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(B) not to mention

Not to mention 是「更不用提」的意思,mention 是動詞「提及」,後面會接「名詞」。舉例:

Many young people can’t afford to buy a car, not to mention a house.
(很多年輕人買不起一台車,更不用說一棟房子。)

 

(C) in addition to

In addition to 是「除了…(還有…)」的意思,後面會接「名詞」。舉例:

In addition to an apartment in downtown Taipei, he has a villa in Hualien.
(除了一間在台北市中心的公寓,他還有一棟在花蓮的別墅。)

 

(D) especially

Especially 是「尤其是」,還有「格外地、特別地」、「專門;特地」等意思喔。依序舉例:

I love the food at this restaurant, especially their sesame oil chicken soup.
(我愛這間餐廳的食物,尤其是他們的麻油雞湯。)

This local specialty is especially popular among Japanese tourists.
(這個當地特產在日本遊客之間特別受歡迎。)

This course is designed especially for those who want to improve their business communication in English.
(這個課程是專門為那些想要提升商用英文的人所設計。)

 

重點單字

completely(副詞)完全地
stuck(動詞)stick 的過去式、過去分詞
be stuck(動詞)被困住
traffic  jam(名詞)交通阻塞、塞車
due to(介係詞)因為
reschedule(動詞)重新安排時間

 

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