Observance, observation (nn.)

這兩個看似相像的名詞一度是同義詞,但現在幾乎已是意思截然不同的兩個字。Observance 意為「(法律、儀式或習俗的) 遵守,奉行;(節日,生日等的) 慶祝,紀念;(通常用複數) 典禮,儀式」,如 observance of speed limits and traffic lights (遵守速限和交通號誌);The observance of his 40th birthday falls on next Friday. (他將在下週五慶祝 40 歲生日);religious observances (宗教儀式)。

Observation 意為「觀察;觀測;觀察力;監視」,如 She’s been admitted to hospital for observation. (她已入院觀察);He is a man of little observation. (他是個觀察力極差的人);They decided to put him under observation. (他們決定監視他)。
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