新概念英语第三册第5课课文和听力:The facts确切数字

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Lesson 5 The facts 确切数字
Listen to the tape then answer the question below.
听录音,然后回答以下问题。
What was the consequence of the editor's insistence on facts and statistics?
Editors of newspapers and magazines often go to extremes to provide their reader with unimportant facts and statistics. Last year a journalist had been instructed by a well-known magazine to write an article on the president's palace in a new African republic. When the article arrived, the editor read the first sentence and then refuse to publish it. The article began: 'Hundreds of steps lead to the high wall which surrounds the president's palace'. The editor at once sent the journalist a telegram instructing him find out the exact number of steps and the height of the wall.
The journalist immediately set out to obtain these important facts, but the took a long time to send them Meanwhile, the editor was getting impatient, for the magazine would soon go to press. He sent the journalist two urgent telegrams, but received no reply. He sent yet another telegram informing the journalist that if he did not reply soon he would be fired. When the journalist again failed to reply, the editor reluctantly published the article as it had originally been written. A week later, the editor at last received a telegram from the journalist. Not only had the poor man been arrested, but he had been sent to prison as well. However, he had at last been allowed to send a cable in which he informed the editor that the he had been arrested while counting the 1,084 steps leading to the fifteen-foot wall which surrounded the president's palace.

New words and expressions 生词和短语
editor
n. 编辑
extreme
n. 极端
statistics
n. 统计数字
journalist
n. 新闻记者
president
n. 总统
palace
n. 王宫;宏伟的住宅
publish
v. 出版
impatient
adj. 不耐烦的
fire
v. 解雇
originally

adv. 起初,原先,从前


第一段词汇解析

①journalist = reporter/correspondent。

②well-known = famous。③instructed =ordered, commissioned; instruct sb. to do sth.=tell sb. formally to do sth.。

④publish = print,issue。

⑤surrounds = encircles。

 

第二段词汇解析

①set out to do sth.= decide and try to do sth.

②fired = sacked, dismissed。

③reluctantly = unwillingly。

④not only 位于句首,后面所接的句子需要部分倒转,否定副词位于句首也要倒装,比如 never had I…。

⑤allow sb. to do sth.不定式作 sb.的补语,但此句被动,所以作主语 he 的补语。

⑥in which 引导的定语从句属于“介词+关系代词”,这种结构只能 which 指物, whom 指人。

⑦while+doing sth.现在分词短语作时间状语相当于状语从句。

 

Notes 学习笔记

词组归纳

1.go to extremes

2.provide with

3. lead to

4. find out

5.go to press

6.fail to reply

7.be arrested

8.send to prison

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