【Grammar Tip】

Once popular only in the U.S., credit cards are now used extensively in many parts of the world....

You could say:
Credit cards were once popular only in the U.S., but they are now used wxtensively in many parts of the world.

Once popular... 這個句首的片語是寫作時很好的範例,強調出過去曾經如何,但今天情勢已經改變了。

ex:

1. Once popular only in Japan, anime is now well receieved in many countries around the world.

2. Once popular only with little girls, Barbie dolls can now be found in the collectors' market.

3. Once popular only in Asia, bubble milk tea is now sold arround the world.

4. Once popular only with teenagers, video games are now played by people of all ages.


【Chat Room】


ATM: automated teller machine
銀行提款機(自動櫃員機)

因為ATM中已經包含有machine之意
故不說 ATM machine → redundant 重複

此外還有例子: PIN 是 personal identification number 個人識別號碼

網路上許多地方都會用到 password
password 可由數字或字母所組成
而 PIN 都是數字

同樣地不會說 PIN number, anyway, 也有人這樣用


【Michelle's Room】

diligent (adj) 勤奮的
diligently (adv) 勤奮地;堅持不懈地

Peter works more diligently than most of his collegues, and that's why he got promoted.
彼得比他大多數的同事還要勤奮工作,這就是為什麼它會得到晉升。

Scientists have been working diligently to find a cure for cancer.
科學家們一直堅持不懈地醫治癌症的方法。

itinerary (n) 旅遊的行程表或路線
如果是工作的行程是 schedule

The travel agent planed our itinerary and arranged our transportation and hotel reservation .
旅行社替我們做了行程的規劃並且安排交通以及旅館的訂房。

asset (n) 資產;財產
The company assets include cash, inventory and its office building.
這家公司的資產包含現金、存貨還有辦公室。

asset 也指人才或是條件
Ricky is an important asset to our company.
瑞奇是我們公司寶貴的人才。

One of his many assets is his connections.
他的人脈關係是他的優勢之ㄧ。

 

 

 

 

 

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