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続 今日の英語

はてなダイアリーで地味に続けていた「今日の英語」の続き。日常出会った気になる英語表現を、オンライン辞書の例文などとともにメモしています。

I really want to make a difference here.

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(会社に貢献できるようがんばります。)
英語タウンのメールマガジンと連動した「英語のヒントpodcast」で取り上げられていた会話文より。新入社員が配属された課でした挨拶。

  • make a differenceが「違い/効果/影響を生じる/プラスになる」(to have an important effect or influence on something or someone/to cause a change : to be important in some way/to do something that is important : to do something that helps people or makes the world a better place/to have an important effect on something, especially a good effect/something that makes a lot of difference has a good effect on a person or situation )となるので、ここでは「会社に貢献」と訳されている。この感じはニュアンスではつかめるのだけれど、何かもっとわかりやすい説明はないのか?と探して見たら、とても素敵に説明されているページを発見。→I can make a difference の意味・日本語表現
    • She says that she got into politics because she wanted to make a difference.
    • The fact that I can now organize my own time makes a big difference.
    • It is exciting to do something that really makes a difference in your community.
    • People don't realize that their vote can make a difference. 
    • One more person wouldn't make any difference to the arrangements.
    • It could make the difference between missing your train and getting to work on time.
    • Having a good teacher has made all the difference for Alex (=had an important influence).
    • Cost can make a difference in deciding on a college.
    • Changing schools made a big difference in my life.
    • This scheme will certainly make a difference to the way I do my job.
    • Having someone to talk to made all the difference to my mother.
  • 反意として make no differenceという形もよくとられる。「たいした違いはない、たいして重要ではない」というニュアンス。
    • It makes no difference to me whether he comes to my birthday party or not.
    • Whatever she did, it made no difference.
    • Anybody can enjoy yoga, and your age makes absolutely no difference.
    • The news made little difference to his plans.