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      VOA流行美語 - Lesson 390 - grand / catch

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      今天李華要做心理學實驗,騙Larry說她中了一百萬美元,看Larry會有什么樣的反應。李華會學到兩個常用語:grand和catch。

      LH: Larry, Larry!!

      LL: Hi Li Hua. Why are you so excited today?

      LH: 我中樂透了!一百萬!我發財了。

      LL: Oh really? Are you going to take me out to dinner?

      LH: 請你吃飯?你的要求還真不高,我決定啊,分你一半!

      LL: You're giving me half a million?! What's the catch?

      LH: The catch...那是什么?

      LL: A catch is any tricky or concealed drawback to a deal. You're definitely not giving me half a million dollars for no reason. It's okay, tell me. What's the catch?

      LH: A catch是指某件好事的附帶條件?哦,我明白了,你是不相信我會因為友誼分一半獎金給你,你覺得這么好的事情一定有catch, 對嗎?

      LL: Of course. I wouldn't give my own brother that much.

      LH: 好吧,我交待。其實我沒中獎啦,是心理學課要做研究。我才想要試探試探你的反應。

      LL: So this is all for your Psychology class. I knew it! What if you really won a million dollars? Would you share the money?

      LH: 如果我真中了獎,當然會分你一點嘍。嗯,一千塊!怎樣,我這朋友夠意思吧?

      LL: You'll only give me one grand?! That's one-thousandth of a million, Li Hua! I thought our friendship was worth more than that...

      LH: One ground...是一千塊錢的意思嗎?

      LL: Yup. One grand is equivalent to one thousand dollars.

      LH: 喔。所以one grand是一千塊錢的意思。

      LL: Yes, that's right.

      LH: 那我就可以把五千塊錢說成five thousand grands咯?

      LL: No, no, no. "Grand" replaces "thousand dollars", so you would say five grand.

      LH: 原來如此。五千塊要說five grand, 因為grand代替了thousand dollars這兩個詞。但為什么是說five grand而不是 ive grands呢?

      LL: Even though five is more than one, you still say grand because the word is already in its plural form.

      LH: 喔。因為grand已經是復數了, 所以要說five grand而不是five grands, 那我懂了。

      LL: Hey, so back to the topic. You're only giving me a thousand dollars?

      LH: Yeah, one grand is a lot of money. 那換做是你,你會給我多少錢呢?

      LL: I would give you 10 grand.

      LH: 你會給我一萬?你真好!Wait, what would be the catch?

      LL: There would be no catch! I treat you as a very close friend.

      LH: 真的?我不信。不過,catch還可以怎么用? Larry, 能不能多給我幾個例子?

      LL: Sure. A catch is any benefit that comes with a drawback. For example, when you go on a web site, and they tell you you have a chance to win a laptop, there's usually a catch.

      LH: 你是說,某些網站如果說你有機會贏一臺手提電腦,通常都要回答問卷,訂閱周刊等等好多好多條件,所以這些條件就是the catch嗎?

      LL: Exactly. So whenever someone tells you you've won money, or a laptop, don't believe them. Or else, you're going to have to expect a big catch that goes with the benefit.

      LH: 難怪有一種說法是 "天下沒有白吃的午餐"。 Everything that sounds too good has a catch to it.

      LL: That's very true.

      LH: 但我給你一千塊錢絕對沒有別的企圖喔!There is no catch.

      LL: But I'm willing to give you ten grand!

      LH: 那我也給你ten grand怎么樣?

      LL: Ten grand. That sounds a lot better...

      LH: 那就好。對了,你等下有事嗎?請我去吃牛排吧!

      LL: You want me to treat you to steak? A minute ago you were only willing to give me one grand, and now you want me to treat you to steak. Ai, Li Hua!

      今天李華從arry那兒學到兩個常用語。一個是grand, 是一千美元的替代說法。另一個catch, 指某種好處所附帶的條件。

      網友的學習評論(79條):
      作者:Jessica
      It's interesting and funny!I like it!
      作者:Sunny
      I have learned the word GRAND how to use it,I'm very haapy .
      作者:smartguy
      A catch is any benefit that comes with a drawback. For example, when you go on a web site, and they tell you you have a chance to win a laptop, there's usually a catch
      作者:nana
      interesting
      作者:sky.BF
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      there is no catch. ten grand !
      作者:Sandy
      yup,I have learn such two interesting words.I will keep studying here!
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      It's good for our oral English study and it's very interesting.
      作者:Carol
      Always use the word of catch, but this is the frist time to know the meaning of catch which means that a catch is any benefit that come from a drawbackl More, never know the grand is equal to thoudand dollars
      作者:Edmond
      Catch, Grand
      作者:Aom
      Oh,it's funny!I like it!Thanks!
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      vrry usefull,catch grand
      作者:裴廣山
      There is no catch! what’s the catch?
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      five grand
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      No catch, but five grand bonus!
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      Everything that sounds too good has a catch to it.This website is so good
      作者:alex79
      Love is emotional feeling with no catch.
      作者:Conuqer
      Everything that sounds too good has a catch to it.
      作者:xiao
      Grand's means one thousand.Kinship is emontional feeling with no cacth.Everything that sounds too good has a catch to it.In our life we often seesomething with a catch
      作者:小希
      every good things happened has it catch!
      作者:Sabrina
      Cool! for this word , i never know it before from any book, and next time, i have to make good use of it while communicate with foreign customers!
      作者:Sabrina
      Catch! for this word, do we can put it on any official memos for notifications ?
      作者:jackyding
      catch and grand,i've learned them
      作者:Jade in city
      It is definitely a catch that someone wants to share you with the money lost on the street.Inflation is serious last year. Ten grand is just enough for living expenses for a family without any loan.
      作者:Sherry
      catch,i got it~
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      that's too good to be ture
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      作者:grow 歷程
      so fun! I like it !
      作者:CXF123芳
      What would be the catch? There is no catch. Everything that sounds too good has a catch to it.
      作者:CXF123芳
      one grand, five grand, ten grand
      作者:ally
      So whenever someone tells you you've won money, or a laptop, don't believe them. Or else, you're going to have to expect a big catch that goes with the benefit.
      作者:andy
      Good website, free and useful, I like it
      作者:lele
      oh, i do not study hard today!it is a pitty.
      作者:chevy
      it looks so fun
      作者:小企鵝
      It's interesting!
      作者:AlanSiyun
      I also learn speak catch and grand,very happy
      作者:Mary
      It is very fun
      作者:方磊
      So grate Website !
      作者:xikai
      I like it,it can improve my english.
      作者:yangxue
      oh,greant.it's very useful!
      作者:chen guang
      Why do you give two grand?what's your catch?
      作者:tony
      so interesting it is
      作者:yokko
      I will give you ten grand and up to my catch I think you know that ...
      作者:Holly
      It is very interesting fun.and I'm like it very much.Thanks .
      作者:Mars Girl
      That's useful,I like it!
      作者:happy老冀
      everything that sounds too good has a catch to it.
      作者:Eva
      too good.
      作者:Better
      It's not easy to find a good friend who treats you fine!
      作者:laowen
      ten grand .i like it !!
      作者:GYJ
      Everything that sounds too good has a catch to it.
      作者:Chiny
      ten grand is not a catch.
      作者:沖上云霄
      ten grand
      作者:hardstudy
      econologe benefits.
      作者:Ari
      how funny it is ! i will keep on learning , it is the first time i know Catch has such a meaning , thanks very much
      作者:Efosini
      it's great . catch ,grand what's the catch if i help you to pass this examine. should i give you one grand or ... i don't mind you give me ten grand . hah...just a joke. so ,catch 指某種好處所附帶的條件 and grand(=thousand dollars)一千美元。
      作者:qinfen
      Everything that sounds too good has a catch to it.grand = thousand dollars, and grand is in its plural form.
      作者:candin
      lihua is so cute.if i have ten grand i will travl with my family .ur……but like you juest said:everything that sounds too good has a catch to it.
      作者:paris
      as the old saying goes that "there is on free lunch in the world ".so , something good always with something bad
      作者:努力
      learning "catch" and "grand "is worth ten grand !
      作者:That is life
      I'll give you ten grand without a catch. haha,It's a joke.
      作者:little Q
      Interesting ! I love it with no catch !
      作者:that is life
      everything that sounds too good has a catch to it,oh I know if you want to get success you'll work hard .
      作者:charles_shun
      Everything that sounds very good has a catch to it.grand equal to thound dollars,and also in its plural form.so you should say five grand,not five grands.tks!
      作者:joyce
      Everything that sounds too good has a catch it ! I like it ! no pain no gain ! we must work hard to get what we want !
      Everything that sounds too good has a catch to it.It is so interesting,i like it
      作者:ZHAOZP
      Grand is equal to one thousand dollars.Catch item is very common in commerce trading.
      作者:spring
      we learn english here,no catch
      作者:友誼山莊
      me too
      作者:包容
      l think everything has a catch!
      作者:zhangyu
      there is no catch.
      作者:henry
      there is a catch behind market . ont grand is equal to one thousand.
      作者:蝶戀花
      Everything that sounds too good has a catch to it.
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