Thursday, 29 September 2011

funds 和 fund 有分別嗎?


"Funds" 的意思是「金錢,資本,資金」。 

牛津高階字典把 "funds" 解釋為:money that is available to be spent.

"Fund"(沒有 "s")的意思是「基金,專款」:an amount of money that has been saved or has been made available for a particular purpose.  (Oxford Dictionary, 7th Edition)

由此可見,"fund" 是為某一個特定目的而存在的金錢。  

The government has set up a fund to help the poor (correct)
The government has set up funds to help the poor (wrong!) 

The unemployed man no longer has the funds to support his everyday expenditure.  (correct)
The unemployed man no longer has the fund to support his everyday expenditure.  (wrong!)

A disaster relief fund has been set up to help the earthquake victims.  (correct)
Disaster relief funds have been set up to help the earthquake victims.  (wrong!)

My collectibles are going to turn into my kid's college fund (correct)
My collectibles are going to turn into my kid's college funds.  (wrong!)

But for your financial assistance, I wouldn't have had sufficient funds to start my own business.  (correct)
But for your financial assistance, I wouldn't have had sufficient fund to start my own business.  (wrong!)

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