having or showing that one has good manners and consideration for other people
of a superior class in society; refined
"a genteel old lady"
"even if he didn't like them he should have been civil"
French, the polite language of her class.
出自： V. S. Pritchett
Ostracised from polite society because she was living with a married man.
出自： J. Uglow
误 Try to be more polite with him this time.
正 Try to be more polite to him this time.
误 It wasn't polite for you to hammer in the door and then charged into the room.
正 It wasn't polite of you to hammer in the door and then charged into the room.
析 “对…有礼貌”英文是be polite to sb,不能用 with来代替to。在It is/was polite of sb to- v 结构中该动词不定式与polite以及句子的主语均存在逻辑上的主谓关系。
误 Don't be polite and eat the cakes yourself.
正 Make yourself at home and help yourself to the cakes.
析 polite指“客气”是指人的素质,而在家待客人时说“不要客气”意思是“不要拘束”,英语中通常应该说Make yourself at home,不能说Don't be polite。表示“自己吃…”,也应该说成help oneself to,其中to是介词。