the material which makes up the world and everything in space which can be seen or touched
a subject itself as opposed to the form in which it is spoken or written about
affair; subject to which one gives attention
a trouble or cause of pain, illness, etc.
be of importance
"several matters to attend to"
"it is none of your affair"
"things are going well"
"he kept drifting off the topic"
"he had been thinking about the subject for several years"
"it is a matter for the police"
"physicists study both the nature of matter and the forces which govern it"
"is anything the matter?"
"they were friends and it was no matter who won the games"
"he always took some reading matter with him on the plane"
"It does not matter much"
He vsed no golde but pure beryll and christall, and other like mattier to drinke in.
出自： T. Elyot
He was still unpersuaded that his own fate mattered very much.
出自： V. Brome
She hadn't brought her glasses with her; not that it really mattered.
出自： R. Ingalls
It doesn't matter about the price, buy it, whatever it costs.
Is the idea clear?It does not matter about the actual numbers.
It doesn't matter if you close the door.
That was what mattered most to him.
It matters little to me.
It matters greatly to our relationship.
I don't think anybody matters to her apart from herself.
误 The physical world is composed of matters.
正 The physical world is composed of matter.
误 What's the matter to you?
正 What's the matter with you?
误 There wasn't any matter with the radio.
正 There was nothing the matter with the radio.
析 the matter with为固定搭配,表示“…出了毛病”。
误 As the matter of fact he was pretending to be asleep.
正 As a matter of fact he was pretending to be asleep.
析 as a matter of fact是固定说法,表示“事实上”。
误 I have several matters to do.
正 I have several things to do.
析 matter虽可用作可数名词,并可说a matter,但不可说two matters, several matters,可改用two things, several things。
误 The child will eat no matter what you give him.
正 The child will eat whatever you give him.
析 no matter what引起的从句不能作主语或宾语,而whatever可以引导主语从句或宾语从句。
误 The matter is that we won't have enough room in the car to take you with us.
正 The problem is that we won't have enough room in the car to take you with us.
析 the matter作“问题”或“麻烦”解时不用作主语。
误 It doesn't matter with him whether you will come or not.
正 It doesn't matter to him whether you will come or not.
析 表示“…对某人无关紧要”,应该说It doesn't matter to sb,其中介词 to 不能改用with。