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2007.07.09(Review of 2003.10.21 edition)

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This week begins with two words that could be every businessperson's mantra. Then we'll look at how manufacturers back up products after a sale has been made. And finally we'll wrap up the week with another @Work Challenge.

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QUALITY vs. VALUE   質、良質 vs. 価値


  • The quality of something - for example, a product,
    a school, or someone's work - is how good it is compared to others like it.

    Quality can also mean “excellence”.

    The value of something is how much it is worth.

    Value can also mean “the worth of something compared to its cost”. For example, if something is “good value” or “a good value”, it's worth its price.
  • quality とは、あるもの ―例えば、商品、学校、人の仕事など― が、ほかの同様なものに比べてどのぐらいよいか、つまり、質のことです。

    quality は、良質、という意味で使うこともできます。

    value とは、あるものに、どれくらいの価値があるか、つまり、価値のことです。

    value は、何かを価格と対照させた場合の価値を意味することもあります。例えば、 something is good value. または something is a good value. などと言うと、価格に見合う価値がある、という意味になります。



  1. I was disappointed by the poor quality of the samples that were sent.
  2. They're introducing a new line of high-quality body-care products.
  3. You don't have to spend a fortune for quality.
  4. You can count on Jim to provide a quality product. He's the finest craftsman in the area.
  5. The value of the company's stock has increased 15% since May.
  6. (post-office clerk to customer)
    Please write the contents of the package and its value on this customs label.
  7. The meal was good value - so much delicious food for only $6!
  8. I thought the room was a poor value. For 15,000 yen a night, you should get more than just a clean bed.

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