《经济学人》文章开头句式

Mention-but

Mention artificial intelligence, and most people will think about robots. But a more fitting image may be that of Janus, the Roman god of beginnings, transitions and endings, who has two faces looking in opposite directions.

Mention…, and most people will think about… . But a more fitting image may be…,通过most people will think about…用无关紧要的事物/特征做铺垫,but a more fitting image may be…引出真实想法。

Janus,/ˈdʒeɪ.nəs/,雅努斯,有前后两张面孔,象征人工智能利弊兼有。

Mention polygamy in Canada, and what might come to mind is Bountiful, a suitably named town in British Columbia.

Mention…, and what might come to mind is…

come to mind / spring to mind / jump to mind.

Mention Chengdu to any Chinese person and the first thing they will say in response is almost certainly that the food is very spicy.

Mention… and the first thing they will say in response is…

no different

Traumatic events, from natural disasters to war, can damage people’s mental health. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different.

Online products can be both a help and a hindrance to people’s lives. Video-games are no exception.

…(现象). XX is no different / exception.“,从整体到局部”的叙述方式:见介绍人们比较熟悉的现象,然后由此引出文章要谈论的重点。

特别注意这句话用from to的示例具体化了events。

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