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◎ be debating between... 在...之間糾結

A: I'm debating between joining the pop dance club and the guitar club. I really want to join both of them, but my mom won't allow me to do so.(我現在在選擇加入熱舞社或吉他社之間糾結。我超想要兩個都參加,但我媽一定不准。)

B: Well, now you are still a high schooler. After you become a college student, you can join as many clubs as you want.(呃,你現在還是個高中生嘛。等你上大學後,你想參加幾個社團都可以。)

◎ I can't make up my mind. 我沒辦法下定決心。

Make up one's mind 的意思是「下定決心」。如果已經下定決心的話,就可以說 I've made up my mind.(我已經下定決心了。)

A: I'm not sure if I should study for a master's degree or find a job after I graduate. I can't make up my mind.(我不確定我大學畢業之後該不該念碩士或是去找工作。我沒辦法下定決心。)

B: Maybe you can ask your parents for suggestions. I believe they will help you.(也許妳可以請父母給些建議。我相信他們會幫妳的。)


◎ I'll give it a second thought. 我再考慮一下。

雖然 second thought 字面上的意思是「第二種想法」,但其實真正的意思是「三思」。

A: Are you gonna quit your job in October? I heard our boss would like you to stay and give you a raise.(妳真的十月要辭職了嗎?我聽說老闆想留妳下來然後給妳加薪耶。)

B: Yeah, the boss just had a talk with me yesterday. I'll give it a second thought.(嗯,老闆昨天剛跟我談過。我會再考慮一下。)


◎ weigh one's options 權衡

Weigh「秤重、衡量」的意思,option 的意思則是「選項、選擇」。所以 weigh one's options 的意思就是「權衡」

A: Hey, which elective subjects are you going to choose? (嘿,你想選哪些選修課啊?)

B: I'm not sure yet. I have to weigh my options. (我還不確定耶。我得權衡一下。)

◎ make a decision /decisions 做決定

A: Oh, God. It's so hard to make a decision with so many options.(喔,天啊。要在這麼多選擇之中做決定好困難喔。)

B: Well, just go with your gut. (這個嘛,你照著直覺走就好啦。)

看完了今天的專欄之後,下次跟外國朋友表達內心的糾結時,就再也不用擔心詞窮囉。扎實學習實用生活句型跟片語,你也能成為英語聊天達人!

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原文標題:做決定前英文這麼說,爭取更多時間!英文的「三思」、「權衡」?

(本英語教材由 HOPE English 希平方學英文 贊助提供)