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TOEIC 大進擊 adapt or adopt?

December 24th, 2014

adapt / adopt

Adapt or adopt?

這二個字無論在多益考試或商業書信中,都常見到他們的身影。到底要怎麼分?

讓我們一起來邊做邊學。

adapt (v) ; adaptation (n) ; adaptive (a)

meaning

(v) to change something to suit different conditions

關鍵是”改變”。為了某些狀況去改變。

adapt to 使適應~

to adapt to a new culture          適應新的文化

to adapt a novel to a film          小說改編至電影

a great book movie adaptation 一部非常好的小說改編電影

adopt (v) ; adoption (n) ; adoptive (a) ; adoptable (a)

meaning

(v) to take something over, to choose or take as your own

重點是”選擇”。選擇了,然後把它變成自己的。

to adopt a baby boy     領養一個小男孩 (領養小孩也是某方面的”選擇”)

to adopt a suggestion   採納建議

adoptive parents          領養人(雙親)

an adopted child          被領養的小孩

接下來,一起現學現賣。Prince Edward 的演講中曾經把二個字巧妙的用進來,你可以看懂文意嗎?

The young business and professional men of this country must get together round the table, __________methods that have proved so sound in the past,

1. (A) adapt  (B) adopt

__________them to the changing needs of the times and wherever possible, improve them.

2. (A) adapt  (B) adopt

 –          HRH Prince Edward, Prince of Wales

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Answer key : 1.(B) 2.(A)

adopt methods that have proved so sound in the past

採用過去證明十分可行的方法,adopt後接的句子並沒有改變的意思。

adapt them to the changing needs of the times and wherever possible

從後面的to the changing needs推出來adapt 改變to成為

“The young business and professional men of this country must get together round the table, adopt methods that have proved so sound in the past, adapt them to the changing needs of the times and wherever possible, improve them.”

-          HRH Prince Edward, Prince of Wales

這個國家的年輕商人和專業人才必須團結起來,採用過去證明十分可行的方法,因應時代不斷變化的需求而改變,並盡可能地加以改善。

- HRH愛德華王子,威爾士親王

Keep learning!

Claire

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