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為何月份和年份以介系詞 in 來標示?
asked Mar 14, 2018 in Questions about English Grammar by admin (23,690 points)

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in 通常用來表示明確的範疇邊際(a boundary),同樣的空間概念可以延伸至時間概念,故 in 可以用來標示一段「時間上的範圍」,這段時間可長可短(in a year/ in the morning)。而年月的基本功用就是標示長短不同的「時間範疇」:

in the afternoon

in March

in 1994

除了固定的時間範疇之外,in 還可用來標示任何「一段時間範疇之內」的概念:

I finished the homework in an hour. → 一小時之內完成的

Related question: In, on, at 等介系詞如何應用於抽象概念?

answered Mar 15, 2018 by admin (23,690 points)
edited Mar 26, 2018 by admin
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