英語fun分鐘 (2008) 第三集


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(學校大門外)
學生:Miss Lam,求求你手下留情,今日真係好塞車…真架,你再mark 我遲到,就要記缺點架喇…

Miss Lam:唔mark你都得,罰你作番段文解釋你今朝早點解遲到啦!

(課室內)
Miss Lam:This morning I was late. Because there was a traffic jam.

學生:錯?好,再寫!

Miss Lam:This morning I was late because of there was a traffic jam.

學生:? 又錯? 救我呀!

陳:同學,等我幫幫你啦!

首先,第一次寫的 “This morning I was late. Because there was a traffic jam.”,在這個情況,”Because”是一個 “Conjunction”,作用是連接兩子句 “Combining Clauses”,第一句子句是”This morning I was late.”;而第二句子句即附屬句,是“There was a traffic jam.”,所以應該寫成 ” This morning I was late because there was a traffic jam.” 。

陳:至於第二句,同學用”Because Of “去連接後一句就會有問題!

學生:有什麼問題呢?

陳:”Because Of ” 之後要用一個名詞或者詞組。”there was a traffic jam.”是一句句子,並非一個名詞或者詞組,所以,如果你要用 “Because Of “,就要寫成 ” This morning I was late because of a traffic jam.” 。其實亦可用 “Due To” 代替”Because Of “!例如:“This morning I was arrived late due to a traffic jam.” 。

學生: 我明了! 那我以後都不怕遲到給老師罰作文!

陳:你敢!?