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    9572021-01-21

    Hobson’s choice 毫無選擇

    Context:
    Closure of a Local Bookshop
    Book-lovers will be sad to hear that the owners of Morton’s, the well-known high street bookshop, have announced its closure. The family-owned bookshop has been selling its wares in the town for more than 50 years and it will be sorely missed.
    Mr. Robert Morton said last night, “We are having to close because of financial circumstances. It is Hobson’s choice. We have fought tooth and nail to keep the shop open, but our efforts have been unsuccessful. Now we have decided that enough is enough.
    一家在地書店的歇業通知
    Morton’s的管理人正式宣布歇業;它是當地一家高知名度、老字號的街口書店,相信愛書人一定會感到相當惋惜。這個家族代代傳承的老書店已經在當地經營了超過50年,大家未來都會想念這家店。
    Robert Morton昨晚宣布「因為一些經營上的問題,我們不得不宣布關閉。我們真的是毫無選擇了。其實我們已經竭盡所能的想要保住這家店,但是這些努力宣告失敗。最後我們決定,真的是夠了。」

    • 片語: Hobson’s choice 毫無選擇
    • 定義:no choice at all, since the only choice offered is taking what you are offered or getting nothing at all.
    • 例句:
    • That baker’s shop was recommended to us as having a wonderful range of bread to choose from, but we arrived very late in the day and it was Hobson’s choice; they had only one loaf left.

    有人推薦那家烘焙坊給我們,因為他們提供多樣化的麵包選擇,但是我們太晚到了,根本沒什麼東西可以選,只剩下一條土司。

    • Jim and Liz were discussing how best to get to the town without a car, but it was Hobson’s choice; there was no train service and only one bus a day.

    Jim和Liz在討論不必開車逛這個小城有多棒,但是後來發現真的是非開車不可了,因為這個城鎮根本沒有火車,而且一天也只有一班公車。

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