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Pitch

Verb or Noun 動詞或名詞

美國紐約時報 The New York Times 一則報導南北韓首腦歷史性會面時,用上了pitch 這個詞彙︰

After a year in which tensions between the two countries reached an acrimonious pitch not seen in decades…….

經過一年兩國之間的緊張達至數世紀以來未見過的如此尖端的程度……

Pitch 在這裏是解作程度,不是一般的程度,含不愉快或有歧見下的程度才會用上Pitch。

Pitch 又解作球場。足球埸是football pitch。但籃球場、網球場便不能說成basketball pitch 和 tennis pitch,水泥地的場地我們用court,所以應該是basketball court 和 tennis court 才對。

音樂上pitch 是指音調,例如︰The piano and violin were tuned to the same pitch 鋼琴和手提琴被調到同一音調上。

Pitch 又指街道上的攤位。例如︰The flower hawker was selling at the pitch outside the hall. 賣花的小販在會堂外面的攤位做買賣。

Pitch 用作動詞時是忽然的擲出、扔出,與throw 有少少不同。Pitch the stone into the river, pitch the ball 都是突然的擲出去。

Pitch 又也用作調教的意思,所以︰

I pitched my writing to an appropriate level for the readers.

我把我的寫作調至適合讀者們的水平。

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