I was at a standstill ≠ 我依然站在那里
网友【english】于【太平洋时间 2021-04-29 13:49:05】分享在【美国信息交流】版块    8512    1    2

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昨天课堂上外教 Tony 给大家讲起了他来中国任教的原因:

“I used to be a plumber when I was young, but ten years later, I found I was at a standstill, so I came to China.”

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呵呵,老Tony原来是个水管工,还真是没想到呢......今天就跟大家说一下他这句话里用到的一个短语“at a standstill”,大家可别简单地从字面儿上直译为“依旧站着呆着”哈,你细品一下就会发现,它是“停滞不前、处于停顿状态”的意思,就像我们日常生活中所碰到的“交通瘫痪”、“谈判停顿”等表示进程静止或进展停滞的状态都会用到这个词儿,所以刚才Tony是在说"我年轻的时候是一个水管工,但是十年之后,我发现我停滞不前了,所以我来到了中国。"

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come to a standstill/ bring something to a standstill/ at a standstill

陷于停顿;停滞不前;处于停顿状态;停顿着;静止的;中止的;静止;停顿;停滞

【En】

If movement or activity comes to or is brought to a standstill, it stops completely.

运动或活动的状态完全停止。

a condition in which all movement or activity has stopped.

所有的运动或活动都停止的状态。

[for something] to slow down and finally stop; to stop completely. (Usually refers to something that is progressing, such as work, traffic, negotiations.)

[指某事]减速并最终停止; 完全停止。(通常指某事有进展,如工作、交通、谈判等。)

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● At the height of rush hour, traffic comes to a standstill.

在高峰时间,交通陷入停顿。

● Because of the strike, the production of the factory has come to a standstill.

由于罢工,这家工厂的生产陷于停顿。

● Please keep your seat belt fastened until the plane has come to a standstill.

请系好安全带,直到飞机静止为止。

● All the other drivers came to a standstill as the police car, with its flashing lights and siren, sped by.

当那辆闪烁着警灯和警笛的警车疾驰而过时,其他所有的司机都停了下来。

● Our research came to a standstill after a sudden reduction in funding.

经费突然减少后,我们的研究也停滞了。

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● The runaway bus eventually came to a standstill when it rolled into a muddy field.

失控的公共汽车滚进泥泞的田野,最终停了下来。

● We made an emergency landing, and as soon as the aircraft came to a standstill, we evacuated through the emergency doors.

我们进行了紧急着陆,当飞机停止飞行时,我们通过紧急逃生门疏散。

● Abruptly the group ahead of us came to a standstill.

突然,我们前面的那群人停了下来。

● As the strike began, the production line came to a standstill.

罢工一开始,生产线就停产了。

● It seems like the sun has come to a standstill, hours above the river and the opposite shore.

在河和对岸的上空,太阳似乎已经静止了几个小时。

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【Scenario Example 场景示例】

● He was at a standstill for just 7.5secs and returned with his lead still intact.

他只停顿了7.5秒,回来时仍然保持着领先优势。

● Everything is at a standstill and so many people in the underground, just sitting there with nowhere to go.

一切都静止了,地铁里的人太多了,他们只是坐在那里,无处可去。

● Hospitals were reduced to emergency cover, schools were closed, and much of industry was at a standstill.

医院被缩减为应急设施,学校关闭,许多工业处于停滞状态。

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● The negotiations are basically at a standstill.

谈判基本上处于停滞状态。

● The traffic is at a standstill because of an accident.

由于出了车祸,交通瘫痪了。

● Fighting and shortages have brought normal life to a virtual standstill in the city.

战火和物资短缺使这座城市的正常生活实际上陷于瘫痪。

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● Ten hours later, however, you could hardly move for people, and the traffic was at a standstill.

然而,10个小时以后,行人拥挤,寸步难行,交通陷于停顿。

● In fact, during the years, American Society was hesitating, virtually at a standstill. There was little economic growth and not much of a rise in the standard of living.

在这几年里,美国社会实际上处于停滞和徘徊的状态,国家的经济和人民的生活水平没有得到多大的发展和提高。

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