反斗英語 (2011) 第一集 型人用“型” 句 Euphemistic Words (1)(2)


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情緒發洩型

Original sentence:
Diana has just been promoted to assistant executive.

Expression: 充滿驚訝
Tactic: to my surprise (adverbial phrase)

Transformed sentence:
To my surprise, Diana has just been promoted to assistant executive.

More examples:

1) You were not selected to sit on the marketing committee. (令人難過的)
To my sadness, you were not selected to sit on the marketing committee.

2) I don’t even know who will take over Peter’s post. (講真的)
To tell you the truth, I don’t even know who will take over Peter’s post.

3) I have to leave this firm and find another job. (情非得已)
Against my will, I have to leave this firm and find another job.

有早知冇乞兒型

Original sentence:
I should not resign as the job market is still gloomy.

Expression: 早知到係咁就唔辭職 (regret)
Tactic: should + have + past participle

Transformed sentence:
I should not have resigned as the job market is still gloomy.

More examples:

1) Our boss should take more practical, precautionary measures to solve the financial problem. (實在早就應該)
Our boss should have taken more practical, precautionary measures to solve the financial problem.

禮貌大使型

Original sentence:
You will take less than a minute to read this document.

Expression: 用一個比較有禮貌及婉轉的方法表達
Tactic: Use ‘it’ as subject

Transformed sentence:
It will take you less than a minute to read this document.

More examples:

1) Three months have passed since you joined this company.
It has been three months since you joined this company.

2) Your business will pick up before long.
It will not be long before your business picks up.

擴充整合型

Original sentence:
This restaurant serves good sushi and sashimi. I like them very much.

Expression: 將下句與上句整合成一句, 並擴充主句內容
Tactic: Make use of the relative pronoun ‘which’

Transformed sentence:
This restaurant serves good sushi and sashimi, both of which I like.
More examples:

1) My mother put in boiled eggs, potato salad and marinated salmon. I like all of them. (二變一, 並擴充主句內容)
My mother put in boiled eggs, potato salad and marinated salmon, all of which I like.

2) All my classmates made a big circle. Brian was in the middle of it. (二變一, 並擴充主句內容)
All my classmates made a big circle, in the middle of which was Brian.