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2005.12.22(Review of 2000.12.22 edition)

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PRESENT   贈り物、贈呈する


  • A present (noun; accent on the first half of the word) is a gift.

    To present (verb; accent on the second half of the word) something to someone usually means to give something to someone in a FORMAL situation, such as at a ceremony; for example, you present a prize or award, a diploma or certificate, a gift at a wedding reception, etc.

    Be Careful! Use the phrase “give a present” rather than “present something” to talk about giving gifts in ordinary, less formal situations, even when you give a gift to a teacher or to your boss at work.
  • present (名詞で、アクセントは前半です。)とは贈り物のことです。


    注意:格式張らない場面では、present something とは言わず、give a present という言い方をします。先生や上司に贈り物をする場合でも例外ではありません。


  1. What presents did you ask Santa Claus for this year?
  2. a: Do your parents give you presents on your birthday?
    b: No, but Mom usually makes a special meal and bakes a cake.
  3. When they presented the Olympic gold medal to the young figure skater, there were tears running down her face.
  4. (at a retirement party)
    Larry, we are proud to present you with this gold watch, and we thank you for your forty years of fine service to the company.

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