paucity

n.少量;不足;缺乏


音标:/'pɔːsɪtɪ/

英文释义:

If you say that there is a paucity of something, you mean that there is not enough of it.

例句:

①Even the film's impressive finale can't hide the first hour's paucity of imagination.

这部电影的结局可圈可点,即使这样也无法掩盖前一个小时想象力贫乏的缺憾。

②The paucity of fruit was caused by the drought.

水果缺乏是由于干旱造成的。

③They closed the restaurant because the paucity of customers made it uneconomical to operate.

他们关了这家餐馆,因为客流量稀少,经营亏本。

拓展:

这个单词最常见的搭配是“a paucity of”。这也是一个外刊中的高频词,《经济学人》一篇关于探索外空的文章也出现了这个表达:
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on a whim

一时的兴致;心血来潮;突发的奇想


英英释义:

A whim is a wish to do or have something which seems to have no serious reason or purpose behind it, and often occurs suddenly.

例句:

①We decided, more or less on a whim , to sail to Morocco.

我们多少有点心血来潮,决定航海去摩洛哥。

②I bought the encyclopedia on a whim .

我凭一时的兴致买了这本百科全书。

《经济学人》一篇关于青少年叛逆的文章 How to rebel in China 也出现了这个表达:

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