【Grammar Tip】

...once they appear, mosquitoes are a total pain.

total:It's another way to say complete or absulate.

Total 這個字除了有總共、合計的意思之外,

也可以當作形容詞表達「完全、非常」等強調的意思。
在口語對談中,當一方講完話,有時我們會用另一方回答:Totally!
這時就是表示完全、而且極力贊成對方的說法。

1. Bob's entire story about how he met the movie star is total nonsense.

2. How the teapot went from the kitchen to the bathroom is a total mystery to Gwen.

3. With all the rain, Sarah's birthday party was a total disaster.

4. Despite the fire, the house was not a total ruin.


【Chat Room】

a pain 是一個疼痛

但當某樣東西成為一個 pain 時,pain 就成為一個招惹麻煩、令人討厭的東西
EX: mosquites are such a pain 蚊子真是令人討厭

a pain 亦可形容你不喜歡的工作

a pain in the neck
脖子裡的疼痛→用來表示一個成天抱怨的人

take great pains to do something
→ means to go to a lot of trouble to do something and were very careful about it
→ 表示花費了很多心血、煞費苦心地做某事



【Michelle's Class】

equip (v) 裝備;有某種設備
過去式、過去分詞 equipped
現在式 equipping

Our studio is well-equipped with top-of-the-line microphones.
我們的錄音室有頂級的麥克風設備。

equip 亦指訓練、使做準備
This training is aimed to equip people with the computer skills they need their jobs.
這個訓練的目的是要讓人們有工作上所需要的電腦方面的技能。

s-e-n-s 有感覺之意
sensor (n) 感應器

The security system is equipped with heat sensors to detect intruders.
這個保全系統備有熱感應器來偵測闖入者。

Father put motion-sensor in the backyard so the light will go on if anyone trespasses.
爸爸在後院裝了一個動作感應器,如果有人擅自闖入燈光就會亮起來。

contrast (v) 與某個對象形成對比或反差
The styles of these popular novelists contrast a lot.
這兩位受到歡迎的小說家寫作的風格有很大的對比。

若要說明跟哪個對象有對比,是用 with
If you contrast his latest performance with his previous play you will see how much he has improved.
如果你拿他最近一次的表演和之前的那齣戲來比較的話,你會發現他進步許多。


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