1. Fellow Dinner:
McMillan says, “I started with a cocktail among my fellow dinners.”
Here fellow is an adjective. It means people who share a characteristic, some situation.
Politicians in the United States often talk about ‘my fellow Americans’, for example. Or, if I was checking an English text, I might ask a fellow native speaker to help me check it.
2. Be Escorted To:
McMillan says, “We were then escorted to our solitary tables.”
Here escort means accompany someone as a guide or protector. McMillan also could have said, ‘We were shown to our tables.’ Likewise, ‘We were shown to the president’s office.’
And depending on the situation, escort can also mean accompany someone to make sure they don’t escape or to make sure they do something.
Like, imagine a women who gets fired for stealing from a Company. You might say, ‘Security took her company ID and escorted her out of the building.’ So they accompanied her to make sure she left.
There’s no negative implication to solitary here. It just means alone.
Likewise, reading is called a solitary pursuit.
But sometimes solitary implies sad isolation, loneliness. Like, ‘She’s such a solitary figure eating lunch by herself every day.’
4. Quite a Trend:
Wu says, “I know solo dinning has become quite a trend but I still can’t help thinking that it must be bad for a restaurant’s business.”
A significant trend. A noteworthy trend.
Likewise, ‘Company X had quite a year with sales up 30%’ Or, ‘She made quiet an impression in her job interview. They decided to hire her immediately.’
5. Can’t Help Thinking:
Can’t avoid thinking this. Can’t prevent it.
It’s like Wu keeps having this thought no matter how hard she tried to contradict it or argue against it in her head.
Also you could say, ‘I can’t help thinking this joint venture is a bad idea.’ Or, ‘I can’t help thinking we should use this supplier.’
1. fellow [félou]の発音を確認しておきましょう。
4. 日本人にはなかなかできない表現ではないでしょうか。a significant trend, a noteworthy trendも一緒に覚えて使えるように練習して下さい。