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【今日热词】

antique[ænˈtiːk]

adj.古老的; 古董的

n.古物; 古董; 古玩

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【拓展讲解】

今天我们选取的新闻是,乾隆年间的小酒壶被拍出高价,我们要学习的热词即antique。这个词的词根: antiq=old,表示"古老"

 

antique 古式的,过时的

antiq古老+ue→adj.古式的,过时的 n.有价值的古物,古董

 

大家看到这个词根的英语词汇,就可以猜到其与古老的、古董相关。

 

这个词还有形容词形式,我们说到古老的,大家会想到哪些词呢?这些词如何分辨呢?一起来看看同义词辨析:

 

ancient, old, antique

这些形容词均含"古代的,古老的"之意。

ancient:指很久以前发生或存在的事物。用于描述历史时,指远古时代。

old:指长期以来一直存在着的事物,与times连用指古代,与days连用时指从前或旧社会。

antique:指已经很古老或颇有古风的事物,一般都具有较高价值。

 

【双语新闻】

A tiny teapot-shaped antique, discovered in a garage in England during a lockdown clear-out, sold for £390,000 Thursday, after its owner took it to an auctioneer for a free valuation.

有人在英格兰的一个车库里清理出了一件茶壶形状的小件古董,之后将它拿到一个拍卖行免费估价,并最终以39万英镑(约合人民币342万元)的价格成交。

 

Described by British auction house Hansons as the "find of the year," the item was identified as a rare 18th-century wine vessel - known as a ewer - that carries the mark of China's Qianlong Emperor.

这件小古董被英国拍卖行汉森称为"年度最佳发现"。它被鉴定为18世纪的一种罕见酒器,也被称为执壶,上面还印有中国乾隆皇帝的印章。

 

Weighing just 362 grams, the enamel and copper antique is decorated with a floral motif and features a small handle and spout.

这件古董重362克,由搪瓷和铜制成,壶身绘有花卉图案,还有一个小把手和壶嘴。

 

The item's owner had inherited the item from his grandfather who, the auction house believes, "acquired" the item "while stationed in the Far East" during World War II.

该古董的主人从他的祖父那里继承了这件物品。拍卖行认为,这是他祖父在二战"驻扎远东期间""获得"的物品。

 

The auctioneer had initially estimated that the rare receptacle would sell for between £20,000 and £40,000, though prior to the sale it revised its estimate to between £100,000 and £150,000.

拍卖行最初估计,这个罕见的古董将拍得2万至4万英镑,不过在拍卖之前,该拍卖行将预估价上调至10万至15万英镑。

 

文章来源:Chinadaily/金山词霸

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