influence 影響

December 15, 2016     =========

☆  influence  影響


Be careful with today’s word. It is most commonly used as a verb, but today’s usage is as a noun. You use influence as a noun to talk about the power that someone or something has to affect people’s behavior or decisions. For example:

His wife had a lot of influence.
Its’ an old book, but it still exerts a strong influence on people who read it.

When you want to talk about the person or thing that is affected, we use “on”. For example:

He was a bad influence on my friend.
In class today, we will be looking at the influence of religion on society.

Can you use influence as a noun, in a sentence?