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Go the extra mile

刊登日期: 2019.06.28
作者: Grace Tse  

How long does it take to walk a mile? Normally, it takes fifteen to twenty minutes to walk a mile at a moderate pace. If you are told to go the extra mile to help people, does it mean that you are asked to walk for twenty minutes? 

The idiom “go the extra mile” means to make more effort than is required or to try very hard to achieve something. This phrase is derived from the Gospel of Matthew (《瑪竇福音》) of the Bible. 

“Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles.” (5:41) 

「若有人強迫你走一千步,你就同他走兩千步。」

During Jesus’ time, there was an impressment practice where a Roman soldier passing by a Jewish civilian could command him to carry the heavy luggage or packs of armoury for one Roman mile, which is roughly 1.45 kilometres in current measurement. The above quotation is said by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (山中聖訓). He taught us to be peacemakers by carrying our burden in a cheerful manner rather than complaining or arguing. 

Nowadays, the expression is widely used as a compliment or an encouragement. 

The Nobel Laureate is honoured to go the extra mile ( 付出更大努力) for peace. 

To attain your goal, you need to be willing to go the extra mile ( 多走一步) with determination. 

Summer holiday is approaching. No doubt you have gone the extra mile with your schoolwork this year. Now enjoy the holidays. 


 Glossary 
Mile 
Moderate 
適度的
Impressment 
強徵
Civilian 
平民
Armoury 
軍械
Peacemakers 
和平締造者
Burden 
重擔
Compliment 
稱讚

 

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