千金難買早知道
金 石 平

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September 11, 2009

 

 

九月中旬,會有二十幾萬新鮮人,於全國一百六十五所大學中,展開他們成年人生中的第一次大冒險。同樣在校園裡的,還有七十萬學長姐,整裝待發,即將進入更精采刺激的大冒險第二季、第三季,和第四季。對於過往,他們有著許多「早知道……的遺憾」,想分享給學弟妹們經常我們把時態和時間緊緊地聯想在一起,但時態能代表的,可不僅僅是時間。有沒有想過 “過去完成式”可以幫你表達對已發生過的事件的遺憾﹗

 

I wish I had known_

how eating could be such a big problem.

how to manage time and money.

how to manage the enormous amount of freedom.

how to organize all the imposed independence.

how to balance my social life with my schoolwork.

how to handle the lack of privacy in the dorm.

how to motivate myself into getting up in the morning to go to boring lectures.

how to read certain texts without falling asleep.

how much work I would be expected to do.

how much alcohol people would consume.

how much I would miss my old friends.

how much I would sometimes miss home.

how much more time I could spend hanging out on the Internet.

how easy it could be to skip classes.

how costly and time-consuming it could be to have a girlfriend/boyfriend.

how so quickly the semesters could go.

 

Grammar Review

The verb wish is often used to express impossibility or improbability.

A. Present and future wishes are expressed by using simple past forms of verbs.

Present wish:  I wish I were with you now.

(I am not with you now.)

Future wish:   I wish you would reconsider giving me a loan.

(You will not give me a loan.)

B. Past wishes are expressed by using past perfect forms of verbs.

Past wish:  I wish I had not made that phone call.

(I made that phone call.)

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