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その7

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above の項目の5 ( be above A ) より

She is above telling lies. 彼女はうそをつくような卑劣な人間ではない ( above の前に not が入ると「平気でうそをつく人だ」の意になる )

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Merriam-Webster's Advanced Learner's English Dictionary』 の above の項 には次のような例文がある(太字 k.y.):

I thought you were above lying to people. [ = I thought such dishonest behavior was beneath you]

He was not above cheating when it served his purposes. [ = he would cheat when it served his purposes]

Does she think she's above that kind of work [ = does she think that kind of work is beneath her?]

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He would cheat when it served his purposes. の意味は、「彼は自分の目的にかなうときはよく人をだました=彼は都合によって平気で人をだました」 ということで、この場合の would は「平気で~した」 と訳せるわけですね。

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