X가 Y에 적합하다를 영어로 어떻게 할까?
X is appropriate for Y
X is suitable for Y
라고 표현할수 있겠지만, 두 표현다 be 동사가 있어, 표현이 그닥 강렬하지는 않다.
비동사 없이 미국인들이 즐겨쓰는 의인화를 써서 표현할 수 있는 방법이 있는데…
X lends itself to Y
  • [Definition] to be adaptable to something; [for someone or something] to be useful for something. to be good for a particular use
1. 진짜 재미있는 표현이다. 직역하면 “X라는 사물이 자기 자신을 Y한테 빌려주다”  인데,  이런 표현은 생각의 패러다임을 바꿔야 쓸 수 있다.
“X라는 사물이 Y라는 사물에게 너무 매료되서, “난 나를 내가 가지고 있는 것 보다  너가 가지고 있는 것이 낫겠다” 라며 자기 자신을 빌려주는 ..그런 억어지스러운 그림을 생각하면 될 것이다.
2. Power of active verb
Good location lends itself to a nice ride
Good location is good for a nice ride
의 문장을 비교해보라. 어떤 주장을 하기위해서 필요한 전제로 쓰일 문장으로 둘 중 뭐가 더 파워풀한가? 당연히 첫번째다.
[From Movies] 
  • Sunday lends itself to writing. (A Very Long Engagement)
  • However, its architecture lends itself to even more complex computations. (The Murdoch Mysteries)
  • Not everyone’s last name lends itself to a nickname, Keith. My last name is Dudemeister. And what am I supposed to do with that, OK? (Scrubs)
  • Any bureaucracy that functions in secret inevitably lends itself to corruption. (Twin Peaks)
  • Authorities believe that as the gang has grown more powerful, it’s building an organizational structure that lends itself to international crime. (Gangland)
[From News]
  • A famously counterintuitive puzzle that lends itself to a Bayesian approach is the Monty Hall problem (NYT)
  • A cosy system of perks and commissions lends itself to abuse. (Economist)
  • “This is not something that lends itself to short-term solutions.” (NYT)
[From Twitter]
  • Social media’s participatory nature lends itself to greater community engagement
  • You are a glorious creature of words. You have a viable idea that actually lends itself to being written.
  • There is something in the culture of banking that lends itself to making otherwise fairly good people do bad things
  • avant-garde, technorock and kind of lends itself toward
  • lend itself to poetry or screenplays because it’s a collaboration so nobody wrote
  • This river lends itself to India’s name.
  • and one of the reasons that it lends itself to ridicule.
  • and it really lends itself, as you can see, to cinema.

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