新概念英语第三册第1课课文和听力:A Puma at large逃遁的美洲狮

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Lesson 1 A Puma at large 逃遁的美洲狮
Listen to the tape then answer the question below.
听录音,然后回答以下问题。
Where must the puma have come from?
Pumas are large, cat-like animals which are found in America. When reports came into London Zoo that a wild puma had been spotted forty-five miles south of London, they were not taken seriously. However, as the evidence began to accumulate, experts from the Zoo felt obliged to investigate, for the descriptions given by people who claimed to have seen the puma were extraordinarily similar.
The hunt for the puma began in a small village where a woman picking blackberries saw 'a large cat' only five yards away from her. It immediately ran away when she saw it, and experts confirmed that a puma will not attack a human being unless it is cornered. The search proved difficult, for the puma was often observed at one place in the morning and at another place twenty miles away in the evening. Wherever it went, it left behind it a trail of dead deer and small animals like rabbits. Paw prints were seen in a number of places and puma fur was found clinging to bushes. Several people complained of "cat-like noises' at night and a businessman on a fishing trip saw the puma up a tree. The experts were now fully convinced that the animal was a puma, but where had it come from? As no pumas had been reported missing from any zoo in the country, this one must have been in the possession of a private collector and somehow managed to escape. The hunt went on for several weeks, but the puma was not caught. It is disturbing to think that a dangerous wild animal is still at large in the quiet countryside.

New words and expressions 生词和短语
puma
n. 美洲狮
spot
v. 看出,发现
evidence
n. 证据
accumulate
v. 积累,积聚
oblige
v. 使……感到必须
hunt
n. 追猎;寻找
blackberry
n. 黑莓
human being
人类
corner
v. 使走投无路,使陷入困境
trail
n. 一串,一系列
print
n. 印痕
cling
v. 粘
convince
v. 使……信服
somehow
adv. 不知怎么搞地,不知什么原因
disturb

v. 令人不安


第一段词汇解析:

①at large 还有as a whole(总体)、in detail(详尽)的意思。

②spot v.看出、发现= see;n.斑点on the spot 立刻、马上= at once, immediately;在现场= at the place of the action。

③accumulate v.积累、积聚,强调积累的过程= pile up。

④obliged to = bound to。⑤claimed = stated。⑥extraordinary similar = surprisingly alik

第二段词汇解析:

①immediately = at once。②like = such as。③cling,过去式clung,≈stick。

④covinced = sure,convince sb. of sth.。⑤in the possession of = in sb's possession, in

possession of sth.。⑥to think 到countryside 是主语,主语里面有一个宾语从句。

词组归纳

1.come into

2.feel obliged to do sth.

3.run away

4.a number of

5.complain of

6.come from

7.in the possession of

8.go on

9.at large

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