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2012.03.08

Today the WordMaster would like to wish a very happy birthday to the great French composer Maurice Ravel. Why? Well, we just thought we'd try something different for a change!

Today's Lesson
VARY   変わる、変える、異なる、多様にする

Explanation

  • If something varies, it's not always the same.

    To vary something is to change it from time to time.

    If a group of things vary, they are not all the same.

    To vary a group of things is to make it so they are not all the same.
  • something varies と言うと、何かがいつも同じではない、つまり、変わる、という意味です。

    vary something と言うと、何かを時々変える、という意味です。

    複数のものについて varyと言うと、すべてが同じではない、つまり、異なる、という意味です。

    また、vary は、複数のものがすべて同じにならないようにする、つまり、多様にする、という意味もあります。
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VARY

examples

  1. a: How much time do you think you spend answering phones every day?
    b: It varies, but on average I'd say about 2-3 hours a day.
  2. (classified ad)
    Help wanted. Part-time sous-chef. Pay varies with experience.
  3. The energy efficiency of refrigeration units varies considerably, so it's worth doing your homework before you buy.
  4. My job is super flexible. I can vary my schedule from day to day with just a day's notice.
  5. Stated prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Actual prices may vary .
  6. (executive for an international restaurant chain)
    Our menu items vary from country to country.
  7. Since I have to wear the same suit to the office every day, I try to vary the colors of my shirts and ties.

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