2009.09.28(Review of 2007.03.19 edition)
Let's start the week with a question: Why do cars, appliances, and other machines depreciate in value year after year? Well, because machines break down and wear out over time, of course. And although regular maintenance can slow down this process, eventually things do fall apart. So don't you think it would be wise to have a few expressions handy when the inevitable occurs?
- If a machine is out of order, it isn't operating properly.
- 機械について out of order と言うと、正常に機能していない、つまり、故障している、という意味です。
- You'll have to take the stairs. The elevator is out of order.
- The microwave oven in the employee lounge has been out of order for weeks now. I wish they'd hurry up and either repair it or replace it.
- a: The copier is out of order again.
b: Okay, I'll call the dealer and have them send someone over right away.
The week is off to a great start, don't you think?