to, from, of, in, being, or concerning a country or nation that is not one's own or not the one being talked about or considered
having no place; having no relation
coming or brought in from outside; not belonging
"a foreign office"
"a foreign accent"
"on business in a foreign city"
"an economic theory alien to the spirit of capitalism"
"the mysticism so foreign to the French mind and temper"
"jealousy is foreign to her nature"
"water free of extraneous matter"
"foreign particles in milk"
He fell, crying and howling in a foreign tongue to gods of his own in the northland.
出自： H. Belloc
误 She blushed as she spoke, for lying is foreign with her nature.
正 She blushed as she spoke, for lying is foreign to her nature.
析 foreign 用来表达“和…格格不入”“和…不相干”时,后面应该加介词to,而不加 with或别的介词。
误 Three couples of foreigners live on the third floor.
正 Three foreign couples live on the third floor.
析 “三对外国夫妇”译成three couples of foreigners不符合英语习惯说法,应该改为 three foreign couples。“一对美国夫妇”是an American couple,若写成a couple of Americans就可能是两个美国人了。
误 He has placed an order for a foreigner's car.
正 He has placed an order for a foreign-made car.