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名人教英文:Days are numbered 日子無多

【明報專訊】Tristan: Did you go to the match on Saturday?

特里斯坦:星期六那天,你有去看球賽嗎?

Hedda: No, I watched it on television. Wasn't it awful?

海達:沒有,我在電視上看,那場球賽不是很糟糕麼?

Tristan: Oh it was. We were one up at half time and then we go and lose two one. I don't know why I support Rovers. They've been terrible for the last two seasons.

特里斯坦:的確糟糕得很。我們上半場贏了一球。隨後卻二比一落敗。我不知道我為什麼支持流浪隊。最近兩個球季,他們表現都差得很。

Hedda: I know. It's not as if Northern United are a really strong team. They're below the middle of the table.

海達:不錯。而北聯並不是什麼強隊,聯賽榜排名在中等以下。

Tristan: But that result has put us within one point of the relegation zone.

特里斯坦:這場比賽結果,使我們差一分就要降班。

Hedda: Yes. One more result like that and we'll go down for sure.

海達:是啊。再來一次這樣的賽果,降班勢所難免。

Tristan: I blame the manager. His tactics seem all wrong to me.

特里斯坦:我認為都是教練不好,他的戰術看來大錯特錯。

Hedda: Well, he didn't seem to have any on Saturday. There didn't seem to be any pattern to their play at all.

海達:星期六那場比賽,看來根本沒有戰術可言。球隊似乎了無陣勢。

Tristan: I didn't see any pattern either. I think his days are numbered.

特里斯坦:我也看不到什麼陣勢。他任職的日子應該無多了。

Hedda: I do too. In fact I've heard that the board have been looking for a replacement for some time now.

海達:我也是這樣想。聽說,球隊理事會早已着手物色人才,準備取而代之。

Someone's / Something's days are numbered 直譯是「某人/某事的日數已有限定」,換言之,其大限將至,不能活多久或繼續多久,例如:(1) His days as chief executive were numbered(他做總裁的日子無多了)。(2) The patient, who can no longer take care of himself, knows that his days are numbered(那病人再也不能照顧自己,心知活不久了)。

■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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