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Differentiate

發佈時間: 2022/01/07

Differentiate

政府今日起收緊社交距離措施,表列處所包括的美容院必須停止營業。美容業界希望政府考慮檢視表列處所停業的機制,區別(differentiate)處理長期無確診個案的業界,讓其繼續營業。

動詞differentiate有兩個意思︰「區分」和「使產生差異」,前者指find/show the difference between things,後者指make something different。例如,It can be difficult to differentiate between COVID and flu based on the symptoms.(根據症狀可能難以區分新冠肺炎和流感。);We need to further enhance the features to differentiate this new model from the previous one.(我們需要進一步增強特色,以將這個新型號與之前的區分開來。)留意組句時,可以用differentiate between something and something,或者differentiate something from something。

將動詞differentiate的字尾轉成-tion,便是名詞differentiation,可以解「區分」,或者「差異化」。例句︰The differentiation between the two products is insignificant.(兩款產品差別不大。);Product differentiation is essential to branding.(產品差異化對品牌推廣至關重要。)

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