a SOMETHING or two

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[Motivation]
맥주 한잔, 아님 두잔 마실까? 를 영어로 어떻게 할까?
Let’s grab a couple of beers! 라고 할수 있겠다.
그런데 이문장은 엄밀히 말해서 “2잔 이상 마시자” 의미를 내포하고있다.
엄밀히 말해서 “한잔마시자, 그런데 두잔도 마셔도 되고”라는 의미를 표현하려면 어떻게 할까?
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[Phrase]
A something or two: 하나 또는 둘 
**저런 구조를 가진 표현중 “a thing or two”는 특별한 의미를 가지고 있다.
A thing or two: practical skills and knowledge learnt through experience
  • My uncle grew up on a farm and knows a thing or two about looking after animals.
  • She thinks she knows everything about raising children, but I could tell her a thing or two.
[예동 – 예 동영상]

  • with a book or two and a reason why they’re linked to TED.
  • And it was followed a year or two later
  • than our systems a decade or two ago.
  • can read a novel or two a day.
  • It should be on the market within a year or two.
  • hoping to catch a rat or two,
  • except maybe a word or two.
  • And after a second or two, carefully reflecting,
  • help us save a galaxy or two.
  • spent a day or two researching.
[From Movies]
  • So, here’s what I think: You should take this plan, kick it around for a week or two. Sleep on it. Turn it over in your head.  (Oceans Eleven)
  • but you forget about it in a day or two (Pulp Fiction)
  • We are going to have you eating solid food in a day or two. (Breaking Bad)
  • I got a bunch of jokes you’re gonna love in a year or two. (Two and a Half Men)
  • Hi, l’m with State Farm. l have a question or two about your mother’s insurance policy. (Four Brothers)
  • We could learn a thing or two from the Fern Mayos, couldn’t we? (Jawbreaker)
[From News]
  • From Artisans to You, With a Click or Two (NYT)
  • If the current outbreak were to end in a month or two, then another outbreak in West Africa will follow … (Economist)
  • Some allow recent graduates to stay in the first category for a year or two after getting their diploma (NYT)
[From Twitter]
  • We’re gonna do what lovers do, we’re gonna have a fight or two, but I ain’t ever changing my mind. 
  • Just want to go away somewhere hot for a week or two.
  • Guys who is going to the game Sunday? ie, lets celebrate with a beer or two. 
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[Comments]
예문을 보면 알겠지만, 이 표현은 보통 시간과 자주 쓰인다
  • a month or two
  • a week or two
  • a year or two
  • a decade or two

 

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