本日は12月号Lesson 18 Table for One (5) で解説されています最初の5つの語句です。
McMillan says, “Taking a sea cruise by oneself seems rather sad.”
Imagine I say, ‘He criticizes other people to make himself feel superior.’ You could reply, ‘That is just sad.’
2. The Simple Fact:
Collins says, “One reason more and more people are choosing the solo lifestyle is the simple fact that they can.”
We often use this about some basic point or fundamental truth.
Such as, ‘I like this idea but the simple fact is we don’t have the funding.’ Or, ‘This is a good product but the simple fact is customers don’t like it.’
3. Meet One’s Basic Needs/Meet Someone’s Basic Needs:
Collins says, “In societies were most people can meet there basic needs relatively easily…”
She’s talking about things like food, shelter.
You could also say, ‘We have to take care of our employees’ basic needs – sufficient salary, time off, fundamental job satisfaction.’
Wu says, “The internet lets people, who might otherwise be considered loners, stay connected with the world.”
A loner prefers to act alone primarily.
You could also say, ‘a lone wolf’ like, ‘She’s much happier in the research department, you know she’s a lone-wolf type.’
5. Call Me Old Fashioned But:
Ueda says, “Call me old fashioned but I don’t think being connected online is the same thing as real face-to-face human relationships.’
We use ‘call me… something’ to mean, my word, my actions may be interpreted in a negative way but this is what I think, this is what I’m going to do.
Like, ‘Call me paranoid but I think Jennifer is trying to sabotage this project.’ Or, ‘Call me a pessimist but I don’t think this product will sell.’
3. 辞書によるとIf something meets a need, requirement, or condition, it is good enough to do what is requiredとあります。meetとneedは一緒に覚えておくと便利だと思います。
4. 辞書にも同じような記載があります。If you describe someone as a loner, you mean they prefer to be alone rather than with a group of people.
参照した辞書はCollins Free Online Dictionaryです。