Something is better than nothing.の意味や使い方を解説!英語で1日1フレーズ #241



今回のフレーズは「Something is better than nothing.」です。

「Something is better than nothing.」は、直訳すると「何かはないより良い」となりますが、実際にも「何もないよりはまし」という意味になります。


例えば、プロジェクトが完璧に進まなくても、「It’s not perfect, but something is better than nothing.(完璧ではないけど、ゼロよりはましだ)」と言うことができます。また、厳しい状況で少しでも前進が見られるときに、「We didn’t reach our goal, but we made some progress. Something is better than nothing.(目標には達しなかったけど、多少の進展はあった。ないよりはいい)」と言うこともできます。

「Something is better than nothing」の具体的な起源は不明ですが、どんなに小さなことでも全くないよりは良いという現実的で前向きな考え方から来ています。類似の表現には「Half a loaf is better than no bread(半分のパンでもないよりは良い)」や「A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush(手中の1羽の鳥は茂みの2羽の価値がある)」などがあります。

まとめると、「Something is better than nothing.」は、文字通り「何かは無いより良い」という意味ではなく、少しでもある方が全くないより良いことを指します。このフレーズを使うことで、困難な状況においても前向きな態度を示すことができます。

この「Something is better than nothing.」を使って、少しの進展や改善でも価値があることを伝える場面で活用してみてください。

Something is better than nothing.


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A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
A blessing in disguise.
A dime a dozen.
A feather in one's cap.
A penny for your thoughts.
A penny saved is a penny earned.
A picture is worth a thousand words.
A watched pot never boils.
Add insult to injury.
All ears.
All is fair in love and war.
All thumbs.
As cool as a cucumber.
As high as a kite.
Back to square one.
Back to the drawing board.
Backseat driver.
Barking up the wrong tree.
Beat a dead horse.
Beat around the bush.
Beggars can't be choosers.
Better safe than sorry.
Birds of a feather flock together.
Bite off more than one can chew.
Bite the bullet.
Blood is thicker than water.
Break a leg.
Burn the midnight oil.
Call it a day.
Caught between a rock and a hard place.
Clean as a whistle.
Close, but no cigar.
Cost an arm and a leg.
Cut corners.
Cut to the chase.
Don't judge a book by its cover.
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
Easy come, easy go.
Every dog has its day.
Fish out of water.
Fit as a fiddle.
Fortune favors the bold.
From rags to riches.
Get a taste of one's own medicine.
Get one's act together.
Get out of hand.
Give it a shot.
Give someone the benefit of the doubt.
Give someone the cold shoulder.
Go the extra mile.
Hit the hay.
Hit the nail on the head.
Hit the road.
Hit the sack.
Hold your horses.
Honesty is the best policy.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Ignorance is bliss.
In the blink of an eye.
In the heat of the moment.
In the twinkling of an eye.
It takes two to tango.
Jump on the bandwagon.
Jump the gun.
Jumping through hoops.
Jumping to conclusions.
Keep it under your hat.
Keep one's fingers crossed.
Keep your chin up.
Keep your eyes peeled.
Mind over matter.
On the ball.
Out of sight, out of mind.
Put a sock in it.
Success is a journey, not a destination.
The ball is in your court.
Under the weather.
Where there's a will, there's a way.