Monday, 22 August 2011

容易用錯的字:staff


Staff 這個字很多學生都會用錯。最常見的錯誤是把 staff 當成「一個員工」,譬如說:

Peter has been a staff here since 2005. (wrong!)
Five staffs have been fired. (wrong!) 

牛津高階字典把 staff 解釋為「全體職工或雇員」。(= "all the workers employed in an organisation considered as a group")

很明顯,staff 不是一個員工,而是一個機構內的全體員工

如果要說「一個員工」,我們應該說 a staff member,或者 a member of staff,而不是 a staff 。

Staff 的 plural form 是 staffs ;Staffs 的意思是兩群或以上,分別屬於不同機構的員工。 

上面的例句,我們應該把它們改為:

Peter has been a staff member here since 2005.
Five members of staff have been fired.

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