Unit1 Ways of Learning Vocabulary
1)a striking contrast between the standards of living in the north of the country and the south.
2)is said to be superior to synthetic fiber.
3)as a financial center has evolved slowly.
4)is not relevant to whether he is a good lawyer.
5)by a little-known sixteen-century Italian poet have found their way into
some English magazines.
1)be picked up; can’t accomplish; am exaggerating
2)somewhat; the performance; have neglected; they apply to
3)assist; On the other hand; are valid; a superior
by herself/on her own
by yourself/on your own Comprehensive Exercises
(4)on the other hand (5)promoting
(1)It takes an enormous amount of courage to make a departure from the
(2)Tom used to be very shy, but this time he was bold enough to give a
performance in front of a large audience.
(3)Many educators think it desirable to foster the creative spirit in the child at an
(4)Assuming this painting really is a masterpiece, do you think it’s worthwhile to
(5)If the data is statistically valid, it will throw light on the problem we are
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.
d)wear and tear e)dated
h)in contrast to
1)confronted with more than one problem, try to solve the easiest one first.
2)vital to the existence of all forms of life.
3)some confusion among the students about what to do after class to follow up on the subject.
4)nothing more than a job and an apartment to be happy.
5)tickled him to think that she’d come to ask his advice
1) a lingering; fabricating; sentiments
2)fill out; every item; vital; consequences
3)be denied; tangible; cherish; attain
is a long trip and will take us five hours by bus.
arrived early and took a front row seat.
’t take me for a fool.
takes a lot of imagination to fabricate such a story.
uncle will take me (along on his trip) to the Arctic this summer. took the dinner plate I passed to him.
took second prize in the weight-lifting competition.
you don’t take my advice, you will regret it.
give return praised
Comprehensive Exercises I.cloze
b)dated c)falling into
h)cherishes i)out of place
1)The company denied that its donations had a commercial purpose.
2)Whenever he was angry, he would begin to stammer slightly.
3)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.
4)Shortly after he recovered from the surgery, he lost his job and thus had to go
through another difficult phase of his life.
5)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 off
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 scholarly/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.
Unit3 The Generation Gap
12)at any rate
1)consists of five generals and four police officers.
2)will be in a location overlooking the lake.
3)was humiliated by her comments about my family background in front of so many
4)have any proof that it was Henry who stole the computer?
5)was exhausted after the long cycle ride.
; was handed down by; should have known better than ; over and over; talented son
; not to keep him in suspense; assured; repeatedly II.Collocation
(2)live (3)be postponed
Comprehensive Exercises I.cloze
g)know better than that
i)dread j)interference k)bet
(1)Have scientists found proof of water on Mars?
(2)The planning committee has narrowed down the possible locations for the
nuclear power plant to two coastal towns.
(3)Sam not only lost his job but also both legs; he had to live on welfare for the
rest of his life.
(4) A jury consisting of 12 members voted in unison that Mary was guilty.
(5)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 in a frank manner 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.
Unit4 The Virtual World
1)smoking cigarettes jars on me.
2)find themselves getting sucked in.
3)has arranged for a technician from the computer store to check and repair it.
4)fled their country to avoid military service/fled to other countries to avoid military
5)restore people’s confidence in it.
virtual; on line; via
; routine; any appointment; arrange for
; remarks; his tune
came here all the way on foot.
cars are not allowed on campus.
are on vacation in Florida.
has been talking to her friend on the phone for an hour.
’t worry, Lucy is always on time.
demand on fuel is on the rise.
6.easy Comprehensive Exercises
1)Research shows that laughter can bring a lot of health benefits.
2) A show Internet connection speed is really annoying.
3)As the law stands, helping someone commit suicide is a crime.
4)In her report, Mary tries to interpret the data from a completely different angle.
5)Sue is a girl of great talent. Her amazing memory sets her apart from her
Perhaps you envy me for being able to work from home on the computer. I agree that the Internet has made my job a lot easier. I can write, submit and edit articles via email, chat with my colleagues on line 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.
Unit5 Overcoming Obstacles
a)startled b)mere c)motion
f)vain g)On the occasion
k)In my mind’s eye
with her husband’s.
the prices soaring/results in the soaring of prices.
alternate sunshine and rain.
been his lifelong passions, although he studied economics at university.
came over her
; dedication to; grace
competitors; in excitement; hug him; congratulate him on
; numerous; intensity; passion for
, a Green, made the suggestion that a large park be built near the community.
a letter to his daughter, Mr. Smith expressed his wish that she (should) continue her
education to acquire still another degree.
is no reason to hold the belief that humans have no direct moral responsibility to
safeguard the welfare of animals.
need to feel safe about the world they grow up in, and it is unwise to give them the idea that everything they come into contact with might be a threat.
can result from the notion that life has not treated us fairly.
believed his claim that he was innocent.
III.Words with Multiple Meanings
(1)I work out in the gym for one hour every morning.
(2)Florence has worked as a cleaner at the factory for five years.
(3)The wounded man worked his way across the field on his hands and knees.
(4)The safe load for a truck of this type works out at about twenty-five tons.
(5)It is difficult to understand how human minds work.
(6)To my disappointment, the manager’s plan of promoting the new products
doesn’t work at all.
(7)The teacher has a lot of experience of working with children who don’t know how
(8)The medicine was like magic, and it worked instantly after you took it.
Comprehensive Exercises I.cloze
a)In my mind’s eye
k)brought me back to earth l)fantasy
1)It is the creativity and dedication of the workers and executives that turned the
company into a profitable business.
2)The prices of food and medicine have soared in the past three months.
3)We plan to repaint the upper floors of the office building.
4)His success shows that popularity and artistic merit sometimes coincide.
5)I don’t want to see my beloved grandmother lying in a hospital bed and
Numerous facts bear out the argument/statement/claim that in order to recover speedily from negative emotion, you should allow yourself to cry. You needn’t/don’t have to be ashamed of crying. Anxiety and sorrow can flow out of the body along with tears.
Consider the case of/Take Donna. Her son unfortunately died in a car accident. The intensity 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.”
Unit6 Women, Half the Sky
4)ironic 5)stumbled into
1)convert RMB into US dollars in the foreign exchange office at the airport.
2)didn’t know the first thing about cooking as she looked puzzled as to how to
cook rice with the rice cooker.
3)their faulty equipment the team had accomplished some very useful work.
4)allowing me to work flexible hours as long as I work eight hours a day.
5)couldn’t help thinking the book must be quite fascinating.
not panic/feel panic; ’ll be at a disadvantage
; One indication; to distinguish
II.Synonyms in Context