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2010.07.05 (Review of 2008.03.03 edition)

“Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.”
This famous advice given by Wilkins Micawber to David Copperfield in the Charles Dickens novel of the same name nicely illustrates the principle that you cannot spend more than you earn and expect to do well. This advice applies equally to business, especially if you add the following corollary: you cannot sell an item for less than you paid for it and expect to succeed. In other words, to make it in business, you must make a “profit”!

Today's Lesson
PROFIT   利益、利益を得る、恩恵を受ける


  • A profit (noun) is the money earned from a business activity after expenses have been paid.

    To profit (verb) from something is to earn a profit or to benefit from it in some other way.
  • 名詞の profit とは、事業活動によって得たお金のうち、経費の支払い後に残るもの、つまり、利益のことです。

    動詞の profit は、何かから利益を得る、または、他の何らかの方法から恩恵を受ける、という意味です。



  1. Profits from the event will be donated to the Berlitz Children's Fund.
  2. I sold the stock after its value had tripled and made a $2000 profit on a $1000 investment.
  3. As a wholesaler, we buy parts directly from the manufacturer. Then we sell them to retailers at a profit of 20%.
  4. Profits are up from the last quarter and the business continues to grow.
  5. Many import companies have been profiting from the weak dollar.
  6. We've profited greatly from our discussions with him; he has such a deep knowledge of the industry.

英会話レッスンHave a profitable day!