“out of the question”是“没问题”吗?
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下面的内容是《简爱》的第一句话:

There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering, indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning; but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that futher out-door exercise was now out of the question. (Jane Eyre)

为解释文本而直译:那一天,散步是不可能了。上午我们其实已经闲逛了一个小时;但饭后冬日寒冷的风吹来了阴郁的乌云、刺骨的寒风,户外活动是不可能了。

语言点睛:

∮there was no possibility of doing sth

做某事是不可能的

∮wander和wonder

注意这两个相似的词,意思完全不同哦。

wander闲逛;wonder想知道(v.);奇迹(n.)

∮leafless shrubbery

没有树的灌木丛,本文表树林

∮when there was no company

注意company不是公司,而是指“客人”,还有“陪伴”的意思。

to enjoy [somebody's] company

喜欢和某人在一起

the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that futher out-door exercise was now out of the question

本句注意三点:

with it本来在句尾 bring ... with ... 但为了句子平衡被放在前面;

so ... that... “如此...以至于”结构

out of the question特别注意,表不可能

out-door exercise was now out of the question户外活动是不可能了。

例子进阶:

But some analysts say the ability of women to influence the election outcome is not out of the question. 但一些分析师认为,女性影响选举结果的能力不是不可能。

Sending everyone back to school for maths refresher-courses seems out of the question. 我们不可能让每个人都重新回到数学课堂。


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