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Sunday, August 9, 2015

"A moot question" nghĩa là gì?

Lò phản ứng hạt nhân có an toàn hay không là vấn đề còn phải bàn cãi. Photo courtesy Lennart Tange.

'A moot question/point' có từ moot nghĩa là có thể tranh luận và vì thế cụm từ này nghĩa là một vấn đề/điểm còn phải bàn cãi.

Ví dụ
It is a moot question whether the Greeks of today should be held responsible.

It is a moot question whether the concept of 'democratic temper', imported from England, really permeates (thấm vào, lan ra) the Indian psyche.

All these new developments have no doubt shaken the very foundation of newspapers, leading to a moot question: are newspapers going to die?

Indeed, it is a moot question whether the deal will ever yield substantive energy benefits, given the exorbitant (cao quá đáng, cắt cổ) price of foreign-origin reactors (lò phản ứng hạt nhân), the concomitant (cùng xảy ra, đồng thời) need to heavily subsidize electricity generated by such plants, and the grassroots (cấp cơ sở) safety concerns over the Fukushima-type multi-plant nuclear parks that India has earmarked (đánh dấu riêng, để dành cho) for Westinghouse, GE-Hitachi and Areva, each of which is to sell prototype Light Water Reactor (LWR) models presently not in operation anywhere in the world.

Phạm Hạnh

"Pop the question" nghĩa là gì?

Hot for the boss. Photo credit: perezhilton.com.

'Pop the question' nghĩa là dạm hỏi, gạ hỏi (làm vợ) (propose marriage).

Ví dụ
Farmer uses weed killer words to pop the question to his girlfriend.

Many people had used a plane to pop the question, which worked out much cheaper but was not possible in Hong Kong due to air safety rules.

Miss Adelaide has waited 14 years for Detroit to change his ways and pop the question.

According to rumors, Tom Cruise is about to pop the question for the fourth time! And who is the lucky gal? It's none other than his personal assistant Emily Thomas.

Phạm Hạnh

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