by and large 或 by accident
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
D) 中文意思是「終於」，等同於 at last，但與文意不通，所以不能選。
- DaSaGwaLv 78 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
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