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名人教英文:Made of money 很有錢

【明報專訊】Jimmy: Grandad, can I have an ice cream please?

吉米:爺爺,我可不可以吃一個冰淇淋甜筒?

Grandad: Of course you can. How much do they cost?

祖父:當然可以,多少錢一個?

Jimmy: $2 and $2.50 with a chocolate topping.

吉米:兩元,澆巧克力則兩元五角。

Grandad: What! You could buy ten ice creams for that when I was a lad. OK, here you go. Get one with chocolate.

祖父:什麼!我小時,這個價錢,可以買十個了。好吧,錢在這裏,去買一個澆巧克力的吧。

Jimmy: Thanks grandad.

吉米:謝謝,爺爺。

Jimmy: Grandad, can I have another ice cream please?

吉米:爺爺,我可不可以多吃一個冰淇淋甜筒?

Grandad: What! You've already had a whopping one with chocolate on top.

祖父:什麼!你已經吃了一大個,冰淇淋上還澆了巧克力。

Jimmy: Aw, grandad.

吉米:噢,爺爺。

Grandad: You must think I'm made of money. OK, here you are, but that's it. No more ice creams today. And remember, I'm not made of money.

祖父:你一定以為我很有錢。好吧,錢在這裏,但到此為止,今天不能再吃冰淇淋了。記着,爺爺不很有錢。

Made of money 直譯是「用錢製造的」,意思是「很有錢」,多用於疑問或否定句,例如:(1) I am not made of money; indeed, I have to be careful with every dollar I spend(我並不有錢;事實上,我一塊錢都不敢亂花)。(2) How can I afford to buy you a car? Do you think I am made of money?(我那裏有錢買一輛汽車給你?你以為我很有錢嗎?)

Here you go 或 Here you are 都是把東西交給別人時的用語,例如:You asked for a dictionary? Here you are(你說要字典,是嗎?拿去吧)。

■作者︰古德明

專研中英文,著有時事評論、英語學習、散文等書籍。

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