by and large 或 by accident

題目:

There are exceptions to this rule, but ______ this is a good rule of thumb to use.

A) by and large

B) at large

C) by accident

D) at length

想法:

以下是查字典的結果

A) 中文意思是「大致看來」

B) 中文意思是「全體的」,但前面要接名詞,所以不能選。

C) 中文意思是「意外地」

D) 中文意思是「終於」,等同於 at last,但與文意不通,所以不能選。

提問:

請問A和C該如何判斷與選擇?謝謝。

本題答案是A。

2 個解答

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  • 8 年前
    最佳解答

    Not to choose "by accident" is easier to explain, so let me start with it:

    "by accident" has the meaning of "unintentionally". By reading the questioned sentence, we CANNOT find any thread of it. In fact, it talks about a general situation: having exceptions, but still can conclude!

    "by and large" means "all thing considered", "generally speaking". Therefore, it is better to use "by and large". Hence, it follows with a conclusive statement.

    "by and large" is mariner lingo, where "large" refers to "wind", and "by" refers to "in the general direction of". This is why it has the meaning of "generally speaking" or "all thing considered". If you like to read more about "by and large" you can refer to

    http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/by-and-large.ht...

    2012-08-21 11:57:34 補充:

    having exceptions, but still can conclude!

    It cannot be taken as an accident. After all, the conclusion is from those not being exception.

  • 8 年前

    一個能透過推論而得、另一個不能透過推論而得

    恩,懂了。

    THANK YOU~

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