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閱讀測驗: Indulge, splurge, ......

閱讀測驗 (98 地方特考 英文)

Buying overpriced indulgences may feel good in the short term, but you pay the price later. Or at least that’s the conventional wisdom. But a study by a couple of business-school professors says splurging now makes you happier later. Even more surprising: not splurging now gives you pangs of regret later.

One study in the Harvard Business Review polled college students and alumni on the subject of spring breaks. Regret about not having spent more money or traveling during breaks increased with time, whereas regret about not having worked, studied, or saved money during breaks decreased with time.

The authors write: “We saw a similar pattern in a study of how businesspeople perceived past choices between work and pleasure. Over time, those who had indulged felt less and less guilty about their choices, whereas those who had been dutiful experienced a growing sense of having missed out on the pleasures of life.”

The authors also did a study of mall shoppers, asking about their regret about buying an expensive item of clothing. Those who anticipated short-term regret bought less-expensive items, while those who anticipated long-term regret splurged.

Luxury-goods makers, of course, will eat this up. I can see the slogan now: “Luxury: It’s Good for Life.” Well, whether luxury is good for your finances is another matter.

Wealth Report readers, what do you think? Do the long-term benefits of indulgence outweigh the short-term risks of regret?

1. According to the study, who is going to regret in the long run?

A.Those who take a luxurious spring vacation. 

B.Those who have bought a brand-name item.

C.Those who spend money on expensive clothes. 

D.Those who devote themselves to their jobs.

Answer為D. 那摸C呢?

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2.What does the author mean by saying "luxury-goods makers will eat this up?”

A.More luxurious food will be produced for the market.

B.Luxury-goods businesses will be harmed by the study.

C.Luxury-goods makers will make full use of this study.

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D.Consumers will regret that they have eaten too much luxurious food.

Answer為C,請說明

3.最後一段Do the long-term benefits of indulgence outweigh the short-term risks of regret?

有何寓意嗎?

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    1. According to the study, who is going to regret in the long run?

    C.Those who spend money on expensive clothes. 的答案是錯的 因為這個複雜的句子Those who anticipated short-term regret bought less-expensive items, while those who anticipated long-term regret splurged.

    把它拆開來

    Those who anticipated short-term regret bought less-expensive items.

    Those who anticipated long-term regret splurged.

    以為會後悔一陣子的人、買了比較不貴的貨品。

    以為會後悔很久的人、揮霍了。

    問題是前文有提,以為會後悔很久的人,實際上只後悔一陣子。這是以為和實際的差異。本題是問實際上誰會後悔很久。

    2009-12-30 15:47:15 補充:

    2.What does the author mean by saying "luxury-goods makers will eat this up?”

    這是依個片語eat something↔up

    to use something in large quantities (大量地)耗費,花費,損耗

    Legal costs had eaten up all the savings she had. 訴訟費耗掉了她所有的積蓄。

    在這裡 意思等於是take advantage of

    和中文的吃死這個研究結果說法很像

    2009-12-30 15:47:20 補充:

    3.最後一段Do the long-term benefits of indulgence outweigh the short-term risks of regret?

    這裡是一個反思: 如果不揮霍實際上的後悔遠大於揮霍,我們在衡量下一次行動時,是否應考慮揮霍的長期少後悔效應、而不要高估揮霍的短期後悔憂慮呢?

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