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For Life
2009.12.21 (Review of 2001.12.19 edition)

Greetings! The Berlitz Carolers are back and ready to begin Session 2 of their holiday concert of carols! They've decided to lighten the mood today with a humorous tune about an unfortunate accident on Christmas Eve. Santa's rushing about on his reindeer-powered sleigh when what should get in his way but an elderly woman who's had a little too much eggnog, and ... well, the title says the rest.

Today's LessonCATEGORY: 混同しやすい言葉
RUN OVER vs. HIT   ひく vs. 衝突する


  • Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeerby Randy Brooks
    To run over something with a car or other vehicle is to drive OVER it.

    To hit something is to drive INTO it.
  • run over は、車などの乗り物で何かの上を乗り越える、つまり、ひく、という意味です。

    hit は、乗り物が何かにぶつかる、つまり、衝突する、という意味です。



  1. I almost ran over a cat while driving to work the other day. Tokyo sure is a dangerous place for stray animals.
  2. Be careful not to run over that broken glass! You don't want to get another flat tire.
  3. A man fell off the platform and was hit by a train at Shinjuku Station last night. He was lucky he wasn't killed!
  4. I would have passed my driver's test, but I hit the curb while trying to park.

英会話レッスンBe careful out there!