II Comprehension of The Text
1.The attitude is that if one is not moving ahead, he is falling behind.
2.Time is treated as if it were something almost real. People budget it, waste it, steal it, kill it, cut it, account for it; they also charge for it. They do this because time is a precious resource.
3.Everyone is in a rush—often under pressure. In the writer’s eyes, city people always appear to be hurrying to get where they are going, restlessly seeking attention in a store, or elbowing others as they try to complete their shopping.
4.Don’t take it personally. This is because people value time highly, and they resent someone else “wasting” it beyond a certain appropriate point.
5.This is because Americans generally assess and enquire about their visitors professionally rather than socially. They start talking business very quickly. Time is always ticking in their inner ear.
6.Americans produce a steady flow of labor-saving devices: they communicate rapidly through faxes, phone calls or emails rather than through personal contacts.
7.The impersonality of electronic communication has little or no relation to the significance of the matter at hand.
8.It is taken as a sign of skillfulness or being competent to solve a problem or fulfill a job with speed in the U.S.
1.Budgeted 2.acute 3.restless 4. surroundings 5.competent 6. assessing 7.elbowed 8.conducting
IV．Filling the Blank
1．behind 2 for 3.to 4. out 5.of 6.to 7.in 8.into
V Word Building
1.commitment 2. attraction 3.appointment 4. impression 5.civilization 6. composition 7.confusion 8.congratulation 9.consideration 10..explanation 11.acquisition 12.depression
1advisable 2desirable 3favorable 4considerable 5remarkable 6 preferable7 drinkable
1. much less do they take them out for dinner
2.much less a big company
3.much less carry it upstairs
4. much less spoken to him
5.much less ( to ) read a lot outside of it
1.Having meals at home can cost as little as two or three dollars, whereas eating out at a restaurant is always more expensive
2.We thought she was rather proud, whereas in fact she was just very shy
3.We have never done anything for them, whereas they have done everything for us.
4.Natalie prefers to stay for another week, whereas her husband prefers to leave immediately.
5.Some highly praise him, whereas others put him down severely
IX Translation Chinese to English
1. In the eyes of some people, Picasso’s paintings would seem rather foolish
2. The increase in their profits is due partly to their new market strategy.
3. The man told his wife to keep the medicine on the top shelf so that it would be beyond the children’s reach.
4. Happiness doesn't always go with money
5. That car has given me nothing but trouble ever since I bought it.
X Translation English to Chinese