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Better Than Nothing

October 3, 2017

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仙台のプライベート英会話講師&翻訳者デイブです。

今日の話題は: Idioms

今日は積極的なイディオムについて話したいと思います。そのイディオムは…

「It's better than nothing.」

皆さんは意味がわかっていると思いますが、一応直訳しましょう。日本語で言うと「無いよりまし」という意味なんです。使い方は簡単。相手が消極的なコメントを言う時に使います。イディオムの「nothing」を「not having 何々」に変えても大丈夫です。「not having 何々」は「何々が無いまま」という意味です。

例文:

A: I bought ten JUMBO lottery tickets and I only won 300 yen.
B: It's better than nothing.

C: I only ate a piece of toast and three grapes for breakfast.
D: I guess that's better than not having breakfast.
C: Yeah. I need to go shopping.

E: I dropped my phone and the screen cracked. I hate this piece of shit.
F: It's better than not having a phone. You should be more careful.
 

 

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