6月 24

“The new train is very fast. It takes less than three hours to get there.” 「新しい電車がとても速いです。三時間以下でつきます。」
“It’s very far. It takes almost three hours to get there.” 「とても遠いです。三時間近くかかります。」

“Less than three hours” and “almost three hours” can describe the same amount of time. (“Less than three hours” could also be two hours or one hour, but then it would be easier just to say “two hours” or “one hour”.) If the number is the same, “less than” makes it sound small. The train is fast, so the time is short! “Almost” makes it sound big. The distance is far, so the time is long!

「Less than three hours」と「almost three hours」は同じ時間を表すことができます。(「Less than three hours」といえば、2時間や1時間もありですが、その場合は直に「2時間」「1時間」と言えば良いです。)同じ数字でも、「less than」をつけると小さく聞こえます。電車が速いから時間も短い!「Almost」をつけると大きく感じます。距離があまりにも遠いから時間も長い!

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