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2011.03.30 (Review of 2008.11.19 edition)

Meet the twin enemies of concentration in this WordMaster@Work Wednesday twofer!

Today's Lesson
DISTRACT / DISTURB   (人の)気を散らす/邪魔をする


  • To distract someone is to take their attention away from what they're doing or thinking.

    The noun form is distraction.

    To disturb someone is to distract them or cause them to stop what they're doing.

    The noun form is disturbance.
  • distract とは、人がしていることや考えていることから、その人の注意をそらす、という意味です。

    名詞形は distraction で、気を散らすもの(こと)、という意味です。

    disturb とは、人の気を散らしたり、人がしていることを中断させる、つまり、邪魔をする、という意味です。

    名詞形は disturbance で、邪魔、という意味です。
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  1. The negative office politics at the company has gotten so bad these days that it's starting to distract people from their work.
  2. He's always chewing gum. I find it very distracting.
  3. It's not a very good working environment. There are too many distractions.
  4. Try not to disturb Timothy for a while. He's on a very important conference call.
  5. (Oliver hears a knock at his office door)
    OLIVER: Come in.
    ASSISTANT: I'm sorry to disturb you, but I need your signature on these forms before I can send them out.
  6. (to two people arguing loudly)
    Would you please take your disagreement somewhere else? You're creating a disturbance.
  7. It's so much easier to concentrate after hours, without the constant disturbance of phone calls and visitors.

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