常見英文錯誤:There are two hundred dollars in my wallet. 我皮夾裡有兩百元

2014/10/22 10:32
Sammy 老師
分類: 常見英文錯誤

There are two hundred dollars in my wallet. 這句話乍看之下沒問題

因為我們在學 there 這個句型時,後面的 be 動詞要用現在式的 is, are 還是過去式的 was, were

的確是要視後面接的名詞為單數還是複數而定

比如要說 There is a book on the table. / There are five people in the room.

不過在講到金錢和時間的數量時,就會出現一個特殊的情況

由於 money, time (意思為「時間」時)在英文裡是不可數名詞

(註:time 若指「次數」、「…倍」時則為可數名詞)

因此即使 two hundred dollars 看起來是複數的 dollars 所以一般應該用 are

但不管是多少錢,必須把它視為一個整體,是一筆 money 的總數

money 這個字是不可數名詞,要視為單數

所以其實還是要說 There is five hundred dollars in my wallet. 才對哦

道理就像我們會說 Ten years is a long time. (十年是一段很長的時間)

而不是 Ten years are a long time. 一樣

不管多少年或幾小時,都是「時間」

要把它和 time 這個字一樣當作不可數名詞,視為單數才對



 
 

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  1. 2014/10/22 03:15 來自 dxcmy2j 的留言

    I got it!!
    是不是也像
    There is some bread on the table.
    謝謝妳Sammy老師~

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