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發佈時間: 2016/10/05

不少幼稚園大幅加(bump up)學費和雜費,當中竟然有幼稚園,單單雜費已經要高達8,000多元,家長的經濟負擔實在沉重。

Bump用作名詞可以指「隆起」,例如,孕婦隆起的大肚子,叫baby bump;路面突然凸起的地方,也可以叫bump。例句:There were lots of bumps on the road.(路面很凹凸不平。)

用bump up描述加價,非常形象,加幅在曲綫圖上就是突然隆起。Bump up不像increase(增加)一字般中性,bump up所指的加價既突然,而且幅度大,即是「猛增」。用increase時,要說明幅度大,需要加上副詞,例如,significantly、drastically(顯著地)等等。另外,increase可以是書面語,bump up則是口語。例句:Over 80 percent of the kindergartens bumped up their tuition fee this school year.(今個學年,超過八成幼稚園大幅增加學費。)When the company bumped up their price and slashed their reward programme, I switched.(當那公司大幅加價又削減獎勵計劃,我就轉了公司。)

(本欄逢周一、三、五刊登)

撰文: Ally 最漂亮英文專業老師
欄名: WordDiscovery