Journey in Life: 09/08/13

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

"The ball is in someone’s court" nghĩa là gì?

Bóng đang ở trên sân của Roger Federer. Photo courtesy Yann Caradec.

'The ball is in someone’s court' có một từ mới là court nghĩa là sân banh, thường là sân quần vợt. The ball is in someone's court' có nghĩa là đến lượt một người nào đó phải hành động, hay lên tiếng.

Ví dụ
My teacher gave me plenty of advice on how I could improve (cải thiện) my grade (điểm số) before the end of the semester (học kỳ sáu tháng). Now the ball is in my court. I have to decide whether I’m going to make the effort to get more serious (nghiêm chỉnh) about studying.

I know I was wrong. I shouldn’t have told my boyfriend that he was very selfish (ích kỉ). But after leaving him messages and sending him E-mails to apologize (xin lỗi), there’s nothing else I can do. At this point, the ball is in his court. He has to take the first step and let me know if he forgives (tha thứ) me.

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