寒江雪 發問時間: 社會與文化語言 · 6 年前

upon的用法

upon跟on有什麼差別

什麼情形之下該用upon

upon後頭只能加名詞,是這樣嗎

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  • 6 年前
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    upon後頭只能加名詞,是這樣嗎

    No, it is more complicated than that!

    Sometimes, both are interchangeable but they are NOT synonyms:

    I rely on (or upon) my friends to my furniture.

    Even though the above usage (with "upon") is nothing wrong, but it is overkilled. After all, you rely on your friends' strength to move furniture, not SIT or RIDE on them (as "up" might imply). In a word, "upon" is a combination of "up" and "on", and has the meaning of immediately or soon after. Therefore, you use it only when you need both prepositions (up and on) to describe the situation. Similar prepositions like: onto, into, unto, within, without... On is defined as attached to, supported by or in connection with.

    However, even though they sometimes is interchangeable, the following examples are NOT:

    Hand me the book on the table.

    It was the only town on this stretch of the highway.

    She will be here on Sunday.

    Once upon a time, there was a girl ...

    Upon hearing her death, he wept sadly.

    She came upon us by surprise.

    2014-04-29 12:27:12 補充:

    I rely on (or upon) my friends to my furniture.

    ==> I rely on (or upon) my friends to MOVE my furniture.

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