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  • Hello I'm Emma from mmmEnglish!

  • In this lesson, I'm going to talk about

  • two very similar English words.

  • Power and strength.

  • They're both bold, strong, serious words

  • and very similar in their meaning.

  • But if you use these words incorrectly,

  • it will start to sound unnatural or just a bit weird.

  • So that's why we're going to spend a little time today

  • talking about the differences between them.

  • Now we're more familiar with these words

  • when it comes to fitness, right?

  • Power relates to energy and an ability to do something,

  • whereas strength relates to muscles

  • and also an ability to do something.

  • It's really easy to see physical power and strength

  • in athletes, right? You can see it.

  • But they both have a more intangible,

  • less visible meaning too.

  • And that's where these words often

  • get confused by English learners.

  • So the word power refers to the ability of somebody

  • or something to change or affect something.

  • So physically, a sprinter, who's someone who

  • runs really fast over short distances,

  • they need power to change

  • their speed and position quickly.

  • But it can refer to mechanical situations as well,

  • where a machine does something.

  • Or it can refer to social or political situations

  • where a person or a group does something

  • and this is often related to the ability to influence

  • or control people or a situation.

  • Now, power can also refer to your internal ability

  • to change a situation.

  • You have the power to change your life

  • if you really want to.

  • Now the word strength has a few different meanings

  • but most relevant here is that it refers to a

  • person's physical or mental ability to do something.

  • Obviously, it relates to physical strength,

  • the strength of muscles to lift weights for example.

  • But also mental strength, so the strength of your mind

  • to believe in yourself, to persevere,

  • to overcome problems and doubts.

  • Now, elite athletes are strong physically and mentally

  • because they must believe that they are the best,

  • to be able to perform at their best.

  • When describing people's ability to do something,

  • power usually refers to control over yourself,

  • control over others or control over a situation.

  • So in some ways, this can be a negative expression of

  • dominance or something that must be fought for

  • or taken away from others.

  • Where strength is positive and often

  • it comes from within,

  • within a person or within a group.

  • Generally, strength is a more positive and pure way

  • of expressing an ability to do something.

  • Both the words power and strength are nouns

  • but just as common, are their adjective forms,

  • powerful and strong,

  • which, when used, tend to sound a little more informal.

  • She's a strong and determined woman.

  • This is the most powerful and proactive

  • government since the 1950s.

  • Strength can also mean an advantage or

  • a positive part about you.

  • In a job interview, you might get asked this question,

  • "What are your strengths?"

  • For me, that's the dreaded question!

  • I hate having to talk about my strengths.

  • But what are the good features or characteristics

  • that you have? That you'll be able to use

  • to help you do your job well.

  • One of her biggest strengths

  • is her determination to succeed.

  • Keep in mind that strength has a direct opposite.

  • Weakness.

  • We need to identify the weaknesses in our team.

  • But power does not have a direct opposite.

  • We would just say lack of power

  • or describe someone as powerless,

  • unable to change a situation.

  • The community were powerless

  • to stop the resort development.

  • Well, that's it!

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  • there are plenty more coming, just like it.

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  • Bye for now!

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A2 初級 澳洲腔

權力還是實力? (POWER or STRENGTH? )

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    Samuel 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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