你可以吃牛肉嗎?英文怎麼說
2019/11/22
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The problem with the question “Can you eat beef?” is a rather simple one. It basically boils down to the difference between the verbs can and do. Whereas can means the ability to perform something (Can you drive a car? Can you stay out past midnight?), the verb do in this context refers to a voluntary engagement, or choice, in a certain act. In other words, anyone can eat beef, but not everyone does

The question should therefore be corrected as:
 

"
Do you eat beef?"


這個問題相當簡單,基本上就是動詞「可以/能」「做」的差別。

can 可以/能」指執行某事的能力
(例如:你會不會開車?你能不能在外面過夜?);

do 做」在這種情況下指的則是自願參與或選擇某事物

換句話說,任何人都可以吃牛肉,
但並不是每個人都選擇要吃
 [基於宗教信仰等因素]

因此,這個問句應更正為:

"Do you eat beef?"
,助動詞用 do


~David(貝塔美籍主編)
.

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