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"I saw a bird on the tree." 和 "I saw a bird in the tree."有何不同?
asked Mar 13, 2018 in Questions about English Grammar by admin (23,690 points)

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in 的語意為 in a boundary,是「包含於某範疇之內」的概念,on 則是 on a surface,意即「在接觸表面上」。當我們把樹當作一個涵蓋範疇,就可說 a bird in the tree;若樹當作是一個接觸表面,則可說 a bird on the tree。

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answered Mar 13, 2018 by admin (23,690 points)
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