2015年8月25日 星期二

外國人也會拼錯的10個單詞

. 2015年8月25日 星期二

1. argument (“arguement” )

The verb is argue, but the noun is argument.
動詞是argue,但名詞是argument。


2. calendar (“calender” )

The register on which you schedule your appointments is spelled calendar. Yes, there is a specialized term spelled calender that refers to paper production, but I doubt that it accounts for millions of uses.
用來記錄約會的登記簿拼作calendar。的確,有一個拼作calender(意思是砑光機)的造紙行業術語,但我懷疑數以百萬計搜索結果恐怕不會都來自這麼偏僻的單詞。


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3. cemetery (“cemetary”)

There are three e's in cemetery. Nary an a in sight.
Cemetery中有3個e,沒有a。


4. definite (“definate” )

Think, finite, infinite, infinity. Look at all those i's. No a's anywhere in definite.
想想finite、infinite和infinity。看看這些i。 Definite裡沒有a。


5. finally (“finaly” )

The adjective is final. The adverb is finally. Double that l in finally.
形容詞是final,副詞是finally。 L要寫兩遍。


6. forty (“fourty” )

One less than five is spelled four. One more than thirty-nine is spelled forty.
5 – 1 = 4(four),39 + 1 = 40(forty)。


7. its (possessive adjective)

The problem with this habitual misspelling is that both its and it's are English spellings. It's is a contraction of the words “It is.” Its is a possessive adjective, like his. The best advice is to spell out “it is” when that is your meaning. You cannot rely on grammar/spell checkers to catch this one. Indeed, Word often advises me to write “it's” when the context calls for its.
對於這個經常拼錯的單詞,問題在於its和it's都是英語中正確的拼寫。 It’s是it is的縮寫。像his一樣,its則是所有格形容詞。最好的建議是當你想用it's時把它寫成it is。你不能依賴語法或拼寫檢查程序來發現這個錯誤。事實上,Word經常在文中應該出現its的時候建議我寫it's。


8. separate (“se​​perate” )

Take the word by syllables: sep-a-rate. Yes, we pronounce it [sep-uh-ret], but we spell it sep-a-rate. Look for “a rat” in sep.a.rat.e.
把這個詞按音節劃分:sep-a-rate。我們的確把它讀為[sep-uh-ret],但拼寫則是sep-a-rate。在sepa​​rate中有隻老鼠(a rat)。


9. tragedy(“tradgedy” )

The g in tragedy is soft. The e makes the g soft. No extra d, please.
Tragedy中的g發軟輔音,e讓g發軟輔音。請不要多加d。
小編註:g發硬輔音時,念作[g],例如go;發軟輔音時,念作[dʒ],例如gym。


10. truly(“truely” 62,600,000)

The adjective is true. The adverb is truly.
形容詞是true。副詞是truly。

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