【Language Snacks]】第八期:In two minds

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本期我们看in two minds




照例我们先看对话:

对话


AB两人商讨着给一个15岁的孩子买礼物的事情,B没主意。


A: What are we going to buy Donna for her birthday? She'll be 15 next Saturday.


B: I've got no idea about teenagers! What do you think?


A说我in two minds,想买一个CD或者直接给她钱自己选礼物。好难决定啊!B说年轻人很难有固定喜爱的音乐,所以钱可能更实用。A表示赞同。


A: Well, I'm in two minds. I thought about buying her a CD, but I'm not sure which she'd like. On the other hand, if I give her money, she can choose one herself. I can't decide.


B: I think it's safer to just give her the money. Teenagers change their favourite music every week!


A: Hmm, perhaps you're right.


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释义


Should you have tea or coffee? Go out or stay at home? Keep your hair long or get it cut? When you can't decide between two alternatives, you can say that you are in two minds. A variation is to say that you are caught in two minds


“In two minds”就是犹豫不决、下不了决心的意思。相信这样的情景我们经常都会碰到吧?另外一种说法是” be caught in two minds”,也是“拿不定主意”的意思。


举例来说:

I'm in two minds about what to do right now actually. It's a lovely day outside and I really should go out for some fresh air. But, on the other hand, there's a great football game on TV this afternoon! 


我不知道现在该干什么。天气很好我应该出去呼吸新鲜空气,但下午又有一场精彩的足球赛。。。真是拿不定主意啊!




做习题啦~~


If you are in two minds, this means:


a) you can't decide

b) you have made a decision

c) you have a headache



答案: a)




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