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Rebound

發佈時間: 2020/09/16

Rebound

每次疫情放緩、措施放寬,總有專家警告疫情有機會迅速反彈(rebound),呼籲市民盡量減少外出和不必要的聚會。但是我們或許仍要持續抗疫一年半載,學懂如何在新常態中正常生活,加強注意衞生更為重要。

Rebound一字由字首re-和字根bound組成,re-解「再次」,bound解「跳躍」,合起來指「反彈」。例如,The rubber ball rebounds to one-third of the height from which it has fallen.(橡膠球反彈到它掉落的高度的三分之一。)

Rebound除了指物件反彈,也可以指數字、價格「反彈、回升」。例句︰Infectious diseases experts warned there could be a large rebound after the Mid-Autumn Festival.(傳染病專家警告,中秋節過後可能會有很大的反彈。)The oil prices rebounded yesterday after a 10% drop last week.(石油價格在上周下跌10%之後,昨天反彈。)

Rebound還可以指「適得其反、產生相反效果、使某人自食其果」。例如,His constant bluffing rebounded on him because no one believed his estimation was accurate any more.(他經常虛張聲勢,結果適得其反,沒有人再相信他的估計是準確了。)

(本欄逢周三、五刊登)

撰文: Ally Dean's List級英文老師
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