Contagious yawning

2016/04/15

打呵欠是否會傳染﹖(Is yawning contagious?)科學家相信會的,而且人類自四歲起便發展出這項本能。科學家認為看到別人打呵欠,自己也不禁打呵欠是同理心的表現,可以促進微妙的感情聯繫。

因為感到疲倦而打呵欠,所以要配合伸懶腰,伸展一下筋骨。英文可以說He stretched himself with a yawn.或者He stretched and yawned.(他伸了伸懶腰,打了個呵欠。)

打呵欠又或因為沉悶無聊,悶得不由自主地打個呵欠,可以說couldn't help yawning或can't stop yawning。例句:We couldn't help yawning during the 3-hour lecture.(講課長達三小時,我們忍不住打呵欠。)I can't stop yawning during the day.(我白天不停打呵欠。)

口語yawn可以指「乏味的事情」。例句:That musical was just one big yawn from start to finish.(那音樂劇從頭至尾都極其乏味。)We have to go to a party this Friday night with the boss which is a bit of a yawn.(我們周五晚上要跟老闆一起去派對,真是有點乏味。)

撰文: Ally 最漂亮英文專業老師
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