At all 的用法

At all 是個副詞片語,意為「根本,到底,無論如何,絲毫,一點兒」,係用於否定句和疑問句 (不可用於肯定句),表示強調。例如:

  • Our manager never laughed at all. (我們經理從來不笑)
  • It is not so much how much he leaked out the plans of the pay cuts; the question is whether he leaks at all. (他洩漏多少減薪的計畫無關緊要;問題在於他到底有沒有洩漏)
  • He hasn’t been at all well recently. (最近他的健康非常差)
  • He’ll propose tomorrow if he proposes to Mary at all. (如果他真的要向瑪麗求婚的話,那麼他一定會在明天採取行動)
  • Is there any possibility at all of snow tonight? (今晚真的有可能下雪嗎?)
  • Is there any uncertainty at all about the way she committed suicide? (對於她自殺的方式,有沒有任何疑點呢?)

At all 可以用在形容詞之前或之後。例如:

  • He was not at all surprised. (他一點也不驚訝)
    = He was not surprised at all.
  • Her argument wasn’t at all convincing. (她的論據絲毫沒有說服力)
    = Her argument wasn’t convincing at all.
  • Is it at all possible that John alone can drink ten bottles of beer? (難道約翰真的能一個人喝十瓶啤酒嗎?)
    = Is it possible at all that John alone can drink ten bottles of beer?

At all 經常用在問句的末尾來使問句聽起來更有禮貌。例如:

  • Would you like any desserts at all? (您想要甜點嗎?)
  • Do you have any small change at all? (你有零錢嗎?)

我們可以使用 not at all (別客氣;一點都不) 來對 Would you mind …? 或 Do you mind (if) …? ([如果]…你介意嗎?你反對…嗎?) 這兩個常用問句以及別人對你說 thank you 的禮貌回答。例如:

  • A: Would you mind turning (= please turn) your ringtone down a little please? (A:你介意將手機鈴聲調小一點嗎? / 請你將手機鈴聲調小一點好嗎?)
    B: No, not at all. (B:不,一點都不)
  • A: Do you mind if I (= May I) use your computer? (A:你介意我用你的電腦嗎?)
    B: Not at all. (B:一點都不)
  • A: Thank you for your help. (A:感謝您的幫忙)
    B: Not at all. (B:不客氣)
  • A: It’s very kind of you to help me, thank you. (A:承蒙惠助,不勝感激)
    B: Not at all. (B:別客氣)