Translation of "a" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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weak /ə/ uk strong // weak /ə/ us strong // also an

a determiner (NOT PARTICULAR)

A1 used before a noun to refer to a single thing or person that has not been mentioned before, especially when you are not referring to a particular thing or person

I've bought a car. 我買了輛汽車。
She's got a boyfriend. 她交了個男朋友。
There was a sudden loud noise. 突然發出一聲巨響。
What a shame that you couldn't go to the party. 你不能去參加派對,太可惜了。
I heard a child crying. 我聽見有個孩子在哭。
Is he a friend of yours (= one of your friends)? 他是你的朋友嗎?

A1 used to say what type of thing or person something or someone is

She wants to be a doctor when she grows up. 她長大了想當醫生。
This is a very mild cheese. 這是一種很清淡的起司。
Experts think the painting may be a Picasso (= by Picasso). 專家認為這幅畫可能出自畢卡索的手筆。

A1 used to mean any or every thing or person of the type you are referring to

Can you ride a bike? 你會騎腳踏車嗎?
A cheetah can run faster than a lion. 獵豹能跑過獅子。
A teacher needs to have a lot of patience. 做老師需要很有耐心。

used before some uncountable nouns when you want to limit their meaning in some way, such as when describing them more completely or referring to one example of them

I only have a limited knowledge of Spanish. 我只懂一點西班牙語。
He has a great love of music. 他酷愛音樂。
There was a fierceness in her voice. 她的聲音中透着股兇氣。

A2 used before some nouns of action when referring to one example of the action

Take a look at this, Jez. 傑茲,看一下這個。
I'm just going to have a snack. 我正要去洗澡。
There was a knocking at the door. 有人敲門。

A2 used when referring to a unit or container of something, especially something you eat or drink

I'd love a coffee. 我想來杯咖啡。
All I had for lunch was a yogurt. 午餐我只吃了一杯優格。

A2 used before the first but not the second of two nouns that are referred to as one unit

a cup and saucer 一套杯碟
a knife and fork 一副刀叉

A2 used before some words that express a number or amount

a few days 幾天
a bit of wool 一點羊毛
a lot of money 很多錢

used in front of a person's name when referring to someone who you do not know

There's a Ms Evans to see you. 有位埃文斯女士找你。

used in front of someone's family name when they are a member of that family

Is that a Wilson over there? 那邊那個人是威爾遜家的人嗎?

used before the name of a day or month to refer to one example of it

My birthday is on a Friday this year. 今年我的生日是個星期五。
It's been a very wet June. 今年六月一直都特別潮濕。

More examples

a determiner (ONE)

A1 one

a hundred 一百
a thousand 一千
a dozen 一打
There were three men and a woman. 有三位男士和一位女士。

A2 used between a fraction and a unit of measurement

half a mile 半英里
a quarter of a kilo 1/4公斤
three quarters of an hour 三刻鐘;45分鐘
six tenths of a second 0.6秒

A2 used when saying how often something happens in a certain period

Take one tablet three times a day. 一日三次,每次一片。
I swim once a week. 我每星期游泳一次。

A2 used when saying how much someone earns or how much something costs in a certain period

She earns $100,000 a year. 她一年賺十萬美元。
My plumber charges £30 an hour. 水管工人每小時收我30英鎊的維修費。
I pay £25 a week for my parking permit. 我的停車費是每週五英鎊。


written abbreviation for amp noun


(Translation of “a” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)