Bill is a mature young man who is no longer dependent on his parents for decisions.
There are abundant supplies of meat in this region, but fresh fruit and vegetables are scarce.
Drawing on the wisdom of the workers, the engineers invented a new production method that led to increased productivity.
He spent a lot of time preparing for his math exam. Hence he was somewhat disappointed to learn that he got only a B.
We have ample time for a leisurely lunch.
The local government had to draw on its grain reserves and take other emergency measures so as to pull through the food crisis.
I am convinced that, contrary to expectations, the so-called informed decision will bring very grave consequences.
It’s true he once deceived you, but he has admitted he has done wrong and apologized. So you shouldn’t always treat him with suspicion.
He had taken a stand on the issue before it was openly debated.
In the course of their investigation, they discovered various forms of political corruption and exposed a number of corrupt officials.
Mary’s dilemma was whether to betray her colleagues by telling her boss the truth or to betray his trust by keeping him in the dark about it.
Now, in the first place, what has made you think this program will promote reforms, and in the second, how do you know these reforms will benefit the whole county?
One of the most effective means of absorbing knowledge from a book is to make intelligent notes in the margins.
In hot weather it is rather difficult to preserve food and keep it fresh and safe to eat. Naturally,
many people prefer not to eat in restaurants during the summer months.
It will do us good to underline the points that the author emphasizes in his book.
After days of inquiry the police finally tied up the murder with the case of the recent escape from prison.
I want to persuade them to adopt our plan, because, in the first place, it calls for less funds and, in the second place, it will not cause environmental pollution.
Father bound the celery together with a rope and dipped it in the river for a while before he took it to the market for sale.
arouse anger / innocent
The court’s judgment aroused anger among Mr. Smith’s friends, who believed that he was innocent.
hurry sb along / a fancy place / well beyond our means
As we passed the expensive restaurant, father hurried us along saying that it was well beyond our means to have dinner at such a fancy place.
uate / grade / on the basis of / general impression / rather than / detailed analysis
A teacher may evaluate and grade an essay on the basis of his general impression rather than on a detailed analysis.
ruin / be inclined to / get angry at / could not help
I was inclined to get angry at the puppy for ruining my painting but he was so cute that I could not help but laugh and pick him up.
nowadays / take it for granted that
Nowadays people take it for granted that their homes have running water, but only a short time ago almost everyone had to carry water from a well or a stream to their home.
stay up all night / take a hand in / can not make up one’s mind
Anthony stayed up all night because he just could not make up his mind whether or not to take a hand in the matter.
retired people / be depressed
Retired people are often depressed if they can’t find something to do.
be aware of / arguments / reverse
To prepare us for the debate, the coach wanted us to be always aware of the arguments that are quite the reverse of ours.
on weekdays / be busy working / drive around the nearby countryside
On weekdays the whole family were busy working, but when the weekend came they loved to get in the car and drive around the nearby countryside.
prides oneself on / cure / a rare disease
A doctor often prides himself on the ability to cure his patient of a rare disease.
not renewed before they are due / in accordance with regulations / pay a fine
If books are not returned to the library on time or not renewed before they are due, a fine must be paid in accordance with regulations.
on the whole / complain about
On the whole, few people do not complain about their jobs. On the other hand, they would be very unhappy if they were unable to work.