Saturday, July 5, 2008

"as" and "though" : speical word order


看到有人問一個我沒看過的句型所以查了一下,還真的有:(主要是 noun + as clause, 其中的noun沒有單複形變化,也不需要加冠詞)

"Practial English Usage", by M.S. 3rd edition
71 as and though:  speical word order
adjective/adverb/noun + as clause
As and though can be used in a special structure .... In this case they both mean 'although', and suggest an empatic contrast. (In AmE only as is normally used like this; though is unusual.)
Cold as/though it was, we went out. (=Although it was very cold, ...)
Scot though she was, she supported the English team.
Occasionally as ... to mean 'because'.
In American English, as ... as is common.
As cold as it was, we went out.

例子是有了(Scot though....),但是不知道為什麼作者沒有另外標 as 。Google Books是有找到些例子(e.g. ..., great player as he is, ....),但是沒找到近代例子實在是...
後來我換找The Corpus of Compemporary American English,換了幾個patterns去找,總算找到了一個,但是那是引一段"Oliver Twist"的內容,也是"古書":
Child as he was, he was desperate with hunger, and reckless with misery. He rose from the table; and advancing to the master, basin and spoon in hand, said: somewhat alarmed at his own temerity:
'Please, sir, I want some more.'
同一句也有"Child though he was, he ..."的版本,只是例子只有兩個。

對了,Longman上頭也有這條,只是沒有noun + as clause的例句。
6 though:
- As popular as he is, .....
其它(大本)字典也有。 例句少些而已。(目前正在想辦法找近代些的例子)