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英语讲义【176】以名词“Point”为中心的惯用语(完)

2007-07-05 16:20陈清霖

  “Point”是个实质名词,甚易感受;与它连用的惯用语也令人有深切的体会。

  (1)Beside the point:与所讨论的问题无关。
  “We are now discussing the staff development, so your question about international relationships is beside the point.”

  (2)On the point of……:就要做……
  “Yesterday, when I was on the point of going out, an old friend came to see me.”

  (3)A case in point: 一个恰当的例子。
  “Not many people would like to invest in the same enterprise. Mr Brown is a case in point; he has different businesses.”

  (4)Get to the point:谈到问题要点。
  “All the jokes are interesting, but isn't it time to get to the point?”

  (5)Get/take someone's point:了解某人的意思。
  “What did you say just now? I didn't quite get your point.”

  (6)Get/Wander off the point:离开主题。
  “James spoke quite well at first, but later, he wandered off the point.”

  (7)Have a point: 有可取之处。
  Globalisation? You have a point there. From now on, we have to focus on human relationships.“

  (8)Make one's point:表达了意思。
  “David, you have made your point well. How about Shirley? Can you tell us what you think about her?”

  (9)Make a point of……:确定要……
  “I often make a point of completing the day's work without undue procrastination.”

  (10)Reach the point of no return:不可走回头路;不可反悔。
  “The TV company has offered Lisa an unconditional 5-year contract. It has reached the point of no return and cannot change its decision.”

  (11)A sore point with……:令人讨厌的事。
  “Sally's boy friend, Samuel, went to dinner without inviting her. This is a sore point with her and whenever she thinks of this, she becomes unhappy.”

  (12)The sticking point:(谈判、讨论时)不易达致协议之点。
  “How the boundary is to be drawn seems to be the sticking point in the peace talk between the two neighbouring countries.”

  (13)That's the (whole)point:那就是问题的惩结了。
  “- If I cancel the trip, will the deposit be forfeited? -yes! That's the whole point; no one can cancel the trip at short notice.”

  (14)Stretch a point:破例作出让步。
  “When it came to special allowance, the manager stretched a point in Jason's favour.”

  (15)The/A vantage point:优越的地位。
  From the vantage point on the raised platform, one can see the military parade very clearly./why don't you stand on a vantage point to have a far-sighted view?(站得高,看得远。)

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