Mark 發問於 社會及文化語言 · 1 十年前

noun + to + verb...係點架


Japan to decide on whaling moves in next few days


同Japan decided to on whaling moves in next few days

有咩唔同?點解可以 n+to+v. 咁用既?

2 個解答

  • 1 十年前

    Japan to decide on whaling moves in next few days這種寫法只會係標題中常見。因為其動詞{is}已被暗示,所以在版位有限的情形下沒有被打出。以下是寫標題的一些技巧,或者可以進一步解釋其他莫名其妙的標題。


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  • 1 十年前

    The noun phrase of the sentence is "Japan to decide on whaling". "to decide on whaling" is an infinitive phrase to describe the noun "Japan". Another form is participial phrase, like present participle -ing. e.g a boring movie, or past participle, e.g. a broken window.

    The verb in the sentence is "move", meaning "to make a formal motion in parliamentary procedure" in the context of this sentence.

    The 2nd sentence is grammatically incorrect.