You can lead a horse to water... 你可以牵马到河边...

更新时间 2012年 9月 24日, 星期一 - 格林尼治标准时间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

今日小常识

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.

苏格兰有大约 800 个沿海岛屿,总体划分为四大地区:设得兰群岛, 奥克尼群岛,内赫布里底群岛和外赫布里底群岛。其中近100个岛屿是有人居住的群岛。苏格兰最大的岛是刘易斯和哈里斯,面积超过 2000 平方公里。

今日短语

You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink 这是一个比喻性短语,字面意思是你能把马牵到河边,但你不能强迫马饮水,实际的意思是你能为别人提供学习或做事情的机会,但是不能强迫他们接受或把握这个机会。

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.

请注意

Horseplay 的意思是动手动脚地大声欢笑和玩闹;恶作剧; 胡闹。

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

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