You can lead a horse to water... 你可以牽馬到河邊...

更新時間 2012年 9月 24日, 星期一 - 格林尼治標準時間15:14
Susan Gell and Roy Rodgers exercise their horse in Loch Lomand, Scotland

Susan Gell and Roy Rodgers exercise their horse in Loch Lomand, Scotland. They regularly let their horse swim to the mainland from the island they live on. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty

今日小常識

Scotland has almost 800 offshore islands which are divided into four main groups: Shetland, Orkney and the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Almost 100 of the islands have people living on them. The largest island is Lewis and Harris, which is over 2000 square kilometres.

蘇格蘭有大約 800 個沿海島嶼,總體劃分為四大地區:設得蘭群島, 奧克尼群島,內赫布裏底群島和外赫布裏底群島。其中近100個島嶼是有人居住的群島。蘇格蘭最大的島是劉易斯和哈里斯,面積超過 2000 平方公里。

今日短語

You can lead a horse to water but you can』t make him drink 這是一個比喻性短語,字面意思是你能把馬牽到河邊,但你不能強迫馬飲水,實際的意思是你能為別人提供學習或做事情的機會,但是不能強迫他們接受或把握這個機會。

例句

I gave him the email address of the person in charge of recruitment but he still didn』t contact him about the job. You can lead a horse to water but you can』t make him drink.

We arranged everything for Kate: we paid for the train ticket, ordered a taxi from the station and even made a hotel booking but she still didn』t turn up to the wedding. You know what they say: you can lead a horse to water but you can』t make him drink.

請注意

Horseplay 的意思是動手動腳地大聲歡笑和玩鬧;惡作劇; 胡鬧。

My nephews are always fighting and getting up to all kinds of horseplay.

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