It takes an enormous amount of courage to make a departure from the tradition.
Tom used to be very shy, but this time he was bold enough to give a performance in front of a large audience.
Many educators think it desirable to foster the creative spirit in the child at an early age.
假设那幅画确实是名作，你觉得值得购买吗？(Assuming that, worthwhile)
Assuming that this painting is really a masterpiece, do you think it’s worthwhile to buy it?
如果这些数据在统计上是站得住脚的，那它将会帮助我们认识正在调查的问题。(throw light on, investigate, valid)
If the data is statistically valid, it will throw light on the problem we are investigating.
To improve our English, it is critical to do more reading, writing, listening and speaking. Besides, learning by heart as many well-written essays as possible is also very important. Without an enormous store of good English writing in your head you cannot express yourself freely in English. It is also helpful to summarize our experience
as we go along, for in so doing, we can figure out which way of learning is more effective and will produce the most desirable result. As long as we keep working hard on it, we will in due course accomplish the task of mastering English.
The company denied that its donations had a commercial purpose.
Whenever he was angry, he would begin to stammer slightly.
Education is the most cherished tradition in our family. That’s why my parents never took me to dinner at expensive restaurants, but sent me to the best private school.
手术康复不久，他失业了，因此经历了人生的又一个困难阶段。(shortly after, go through)
Shortly after he recovered from the surgery, he lost his job and thus had to go through another difficult phase of his life.
In contrast to our affluent neighbors, my parents are rather poor, but they have always tried to meet our minimal needs.
With more and more donations coming in, our university will be much better financially next year. We will thus be able to focus on the most important task that we, educators, must take on: to encourage students to attain their academic goals, to train them to be dependable and responsible individuals, to prepare them for the life ahead, and to guide them in their pursuit of spiritual as well as material satisfaction.
Have scientists found the proof of water on Mars?
计划委员会已经将建核电厂的可能地点缩小到了两个沿海城镇。(location, narrow down)
The planning committee has narrowed down the possible locations for the nuclear power plant to two coastal towns.
Sam not only lost his job but also both legs; he had to live on welfare for the rest of his life.
由十二人组成的陪审团一致表决认为玛丽有罪。(consists of, in unison)
A jury consisting of 12 members voted in unison that Mary was guilty.
Sean felt humiliated to hear his talent being questioned.
George, the son of Mr. Johnson, liked listening to heavy metal music in the evenings, which made it hard for other residents in the community to fall asleep. Eventually the exhausted neighbors lost their patience and decided on direct interference. They called Mr. Johnson to tell him frankly what they were thinking. Mr. Johnson assured them that he would certainly settle the issue. As soon as he put down the phone he scolded his son, “What has come over you? You should know better than to disturb others for your own amusement.” In the end George traded his CD’s for computer games software from his classmates.
Research shows that laughter can bring a lot of health benefits.
A slow Internet connection speed is really annoying.
As the law stands, helping someone commit suicide is a crime.
玛丽在她的报告中试图从一个完全不同的角度来解释这些数据。(interpret, angle, data)
In her report, Mary tries to interpret the data from a completely different angle.
苏是一个很有天分的女孩。她那惊人的记忆力使她在同班同学中显得格外突出。(of great talent, set apart) Sue is a girl of great talent. Her amazing memory sets her apart from her classmates.
Perhaps you envy me for being able to work from home on the computer. So am I, because the Internet has made my job a lot easier. I can write, edit and submit articles via email, chat with my colleagues online and discuss work with my boss. With a click of the mouse, I can get all the data I need and keep up with the latest news. But then, communicating through the net can be frustrating at times. The system may crash. Worse still, without the emotional cues of face-to-face communication, the typed words sometimes seem difficult to interpret.
是工人和主管人员的创造力和敬业精神将这个公司变成了一个盈利的企业。(it is......that, dedication)
It is the creativity and dedication of the workers and executives that turned the company into a profitable business.
The prices of food and medicine have soared in the past three months.
We plan to repaint the upper floors of the office building.
His success shows that sometimes popularity and artistic merit coincide.
His success shows that popularity sometimes coincides with the artistic merit.
I don’t want to see my beloved grandmother lying in a hospital bed and groaning painfully.
Numerous facts bear out the claim that to recover speedily from negative emotion, you should allow yourself to cry. You needn’t be ashamed of crying. Anxiety and sorrow can flow out of the body along with tears.
Consider the case of Donna. Her son unfortunately died in a car accident. The intensity(强烈) of the blow made her unable to cry. She said, “It was not until two weeks later that I began to cry. And then I felt as if a big stone had been lifted from my shoulders. It was the tears that brought me back to earth and helped me survive the crisis.”
他这人话不多，但要说玩电脑那他就太机灵了，同学们都不是他的对手。(when it comes to)
He is a man of few words, but when it comes to playing computer games, he is far too clever for his classmates.
无知的孩子们可能认为这些动物很可爱并开始跟他们玩起来。(not know any better)
Children who don’t know any better may think these animals are pretty cute and start playing with them.
没有办法获得贷款，所以，要购买新设备，我只得咬紧牙关，卖掉我的混合型动力汽车。(grit one’s teeth, hybrid)
There is no way to obtain a loan, so to buy the new equipment, I’ll just have to grit my teeth and sell my hybrid car.
如果猎人没有看到一群象朝他的营地走来，他就不会开枪。(a herd of)
The hunter would not have fired the shots if he had not seen a herd of elephants coming towards his campsite.
I find it ironic that Tom has a selective memory---he does not seem to remember painful experiences in the
past, particularly those of his own doing.
Nancy Hopkins is a biology professor at MIT. She craves knowledge and works hard. However, as a scientist, she could not help noticing all kinds of indications of gender inequality on campus. Men and women professors did the same work, but when it came to promotion the administrators were rather selective. It was ironic that after so much cultural progress, women were still at a disadvantage in institution of higher education. When her request for more lab space was refused, she knew she had to fight. So she gritted her teeth and complained to the President. The fight ended in victory and Nancy was converted into a gender-equity advocate.
Many small businesses have sprung up in the city since the new policy went into effect.
On hearing the news, she smiled briefly, and then returned to her habitual frown.
He paused for effect, then said: “We can enter these markets through new channels.”
The addition of a concert hall to the school will help it nourish young musical talents.
We can’t protect our personal liberties unless we, first of all, establish a sovereign state.
Though how the English language came into existence remains a mystery to many people, linguists believe that English and most other European languages have descended from a common source: the Indo-European parent language. English was first spoken by the Anglo-Saxons who invaded England in the fifth century. They passed onto us the basic vocabulary of English. In over fifteen centuries of its development, English has enriched itself by massive borrowing. As British immigrants landed in America and established the United States as an independent nation, a new variety was added to the English language: American English. Though some people worry that the language is running out of control, many native speakers of English take pride in the tolerance of their language.
这是一个繁荣的小镇，但是在财富和充裕之中仍然存在着贫困。(prosperous, in the midst, abundance)
This is a prosperous town, but there is still poverty in the midst of wealth and abundance.
The Brown family was stricken with one misfortune after another, but their children never complained.
这个博物馆的设计让它与周围的环境完全和谐。(in harmony with, surroundings)
The museum is designed in such a way that it stands in perfect harmony with its surroundings.
It was a miracle that these flowers did not wither at all in the blazing sun.
一群群的羊在冬天的积雪中冒出来的一片片植被上面吃着草。(flock, feed on, vegetation)
1) Flocks of sheep feed on the patches of vegetation that rise above the winter snow.
This village was once famous for its beautiful natural surroundings. All the year round, the trees were green and the flowers in bloom. Clear streams flowed out of the hills through a checkerboard of rice fields. Birds sang all day, and deer came and went in a leisurely manner. However, with the coming of DDT and other pesticides, an evil spell seemed to have settled over the village. Misfortunes came one after another. Chicken died suddenly, cattle and sheep were stricken by mysterious maladies, and farmers complained about a sickening feeling that puzzled the village doctor. The village square, once throbbing with life, was now deserted.