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周街學英文:Moreover、in addition、furthermore

【明報專訊】Moreover 為副詞,常用於「句首或者兩短句之間」,用逗號隔開;一般人常把 moreover 與 furthermore 或 in addition 混淆,因為中譯都是「而且」,以下例子節錄自真實電郵:

× I hope the attached information will be helpful. Moreover, please check further news from our website...

ˊ I hope the attached information is useful. Please also look for details from our website...

Moreover 與 furthermore、in addition 等不同。請看以下 moreover 的正確用法:

ˊ Barack Obama is a very influential person in history. He managed to pass a comprehensive national health insurance bill. Moreover, he blunted the recession and transformed education and energy policy.

Moreover 用以引入另一個不同的理據以支持相同的論點;在以上句子中,首句指出論點,而理據有二,moreover 用作交代第二個理據。若要引入新論點,讀者可使用 furthermore、in addition 等。以下例子同樣節錄自真實電郵:

ˊ Furthermore, registered members are able to enjoy various personalised services, including receipt of email reminders to attend booked performances according to the pre-defined number of days (one to seven days) in advance.(意思是此外、另外)

ˊ In addition, these journals are retrieved by some renowned databases.(意思是此外、另外)

■作者簡介︰香港浸會大學語文中心高級講師,為政府、大專院校、專業機構等擔任英語顧問。

文︰陳美寶博士

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