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I can't top that

發佈時間: 2019/07/29

I can't top that

有些商品說好了是限量,令人不得不立即搶購,生怕沒有機會再買得心頭好。後來卻說因為大賣,或者無法設計出勝過(top)它的產品而再次出售。雖然這情況屢見不鮮,但是「限量」一詞還是會讓顧客着迷。

Top常用作形容詞,解「最好的、頂部的」。例如,This restaurant is my top choice.(這家餐廳是我的首選。)a top model(超模);on the top of the mountain(在山頂上);on the top right-hand corner(在右上角)。

Top一字其實也可以用作動詞,解「勝過、超過、高過」。例句︰I don't think anyone can top his suggestion of buying Dad a new car.(他提議給爸爸買輛新車,我不認為有人會有更好的建議。)She's offering $500 for the lipstick;I'm afraid I can't top that.(她開價500元買那支唇膏,恐怕我無法開不出比這更高的價。)

可以用I can't top that.指「我無法做得比那個更好。」即是I can't beat that.或者I can't do better than that.譬如,I have to use the same packaging again as I can't top that and everyone loves it.(我必須再次使用相同的包裝,因為我無法做得比那個更好,而且每個人都喜歡它。)

(本欄逢周一、三、五刊登)

撰文: Ally Dean's List級英文老師
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