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2007.11.30(Review of 2000.10.10 edition)

We've arrived at another fabulous Friday, which means it's time to shut down our weeklong look at electrons on the move. As this last edition is closely linked to yesterday's, you should have no problem “making the connection”!

Today's LessonCATEGORY: ジャパニーズイングリッシュ
PLUG IN(TO) / UNPLUG   プラグをコンセントに差し込む/抜く


  • To plug IN a piece of equipment (or to plug it INTO an outlet) is to connect it to an electrical outlet.

    To unplug a piece of equipment is to disconnect it from an electrical outlet.

    Be Careful! We do NOT say “plug out” to mean unplug.
  • plug IN とは、機器のプラグをコンセントに差し込む、という意味です。plug something INTO an outlet という言い方もあります。

    unplug とは、機器のプラグをコンセントから抜いて、電源との接続を断つ、という意味です。

    注意:「プラグを抜く」という意味で、 plug out とは言いません。 unplug です。



  1. Is there an outlet I can plug this fan into?
  2. (after setting up a new computer)
    a: Okay, let's turn on the power and see if this thing works.
    b: Wait a second. It's not plugged in yet.
  3. Be sure to unplug the space heater before you leave, just to be safe.
  4. All the ice cream has melted! Someone must have unplugged the refrigerator.

英会話レッスンAs we pull the plug on this week's WordMasters, we wish you well and hope your weekend is peaceful and satisfying. Goodbye for now!