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1 Don’t Wait to Give Daddy a Hug
Distant Education College, Jilin University Don’t Wait to Give Daddy a Hug 1. Text Analysis 2. Exercises 3. Questions For Discussion

2 Exercises 1. True/False Questions 2. Multiple-choice Questions Return
Distant Education College, Jilin University Exercises 1. True/False Questions 2. Multiple-choice Questions Return

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True/False Questions 1. The little girl couldn’t get to sleep because she was worried that she would die the next day. 2. The little girl didn’t like to lie in her bed and go to sleep because her bed was uncomfortable. 3. The girl was too young to realize that her father was seriously ill. 4. The little girl didn’t like the hospital because she was forbidden to hug her father there. Answer

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True/False Questions 1. The little girl couldn’t get to sleep because she was worried that she would die the next day. F 2. The little girl didn’t like to lie in her bed and go to sleep because her bed was uncomfortable. 3. The girl was too young to realize that her father was seriously ill. 4. The little girl didn’t like the hospital because she was forbidden to hug her father there. Answer

5 Distant Education College, Jilin University
True/False Questions 1. The little girl couldn’t get to sleep because she was worried that she would die the next day. F 2. The little girl didn’t like to lie in her bed and go to sleep because her bed was uncomfortable. F 3. The girl was too young to realize that her father was seriously ill. 4. The little girl didn’t like the hospital because she was forbidden to hug her father there. Answer

6 Distant Education College, Jilin University
True/False Questions 1. The little girl couldn’t get to sleep because she was worried that she would die the next day. F 2. The little girl didn’t like to lie in her bed and go to sleep because her bed was uncomfortable. F 3. The girl was too young to realize that her father was seriously ill. T 4. The little girl didn’t like the hospital because she was forbidden to hug her father there. Answer

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True/False Questions 1. The little girl couldn’t get to sleep because she was worried that she would die the next day. F 2. The little girl didn’t like to lie in her bed and go to sleep because her bed was uncomfortable. F 3. The girl was too young to realize that her father was seriously ill. T 4. The little girl didn’t like the hospital because she was forbidden to hug her father there. F Next

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True/False Questions 5. The little girl became angry because a telephone call at midnight startled her. 6. The little girl was not prepared to believe that her father had died. 7. The child exaggerated her illness and thought she would die the next day. 8. The little girl felt excited when she went to the hospital to visit her father. She couldn’t wait to give him a hug. Answer

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True/False Questions 5. The little girl became angry because a telephone call at midnight startled her. T 6. The little girl was not prepared to believe that her father had died. 7. The child exaggerated her illness and thought she would die the next day. 8. The little girl felt excited when she went to the hospital to visit her father. She couldn’t wait to give him a hug. Answer

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True/False Questions 5. The little girl became angry because a telephone call at midnight startled her. T 6. The little girl was not prepared to believe that her father had died. T 7. The child exaggerated her illness and thought she would die the next day. 8. The little girl felt excited when she went to the hospital to visit her father. She couldn’t wait to give him a hug. Answer

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True/False Questions 5. The little girl became angry because a telephone call at midnight startled her. T 6. The little girl was not prepared to believe that her father had died. T 7. The child exaggerated her illness and thought she would die the next day. T 8. The little girl felt excited when she went to the hospital to visit her father. She couldn’t wait to give him a hug. Answer

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True/False Questions 5. The little girl became angry because a telephone call at midnight startled her. T 6. The little girl was not prepared to believe that her father had died. T 7. The child exaggerated her illness and thought she would die the next day. T 8. The little girl felt excited when she went to the hospital to visit her father. She couldn’t wait to give him a hug. F Next

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True/False Questions 9. The girl gave her father a hug despite her mother’s strong opposition, because she knew her father was dying. 10. Mother blamed the girl when she found she was not sleeping. 11. When the little girl heard the news of her father’s death, she wouldn’t believe it. Answer

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True/False Questions 9. The girl gave her father a hug despite her mother’s strong opposition, because she knew her father was dying. F 10. Mother blamed the girl when she found she was not sleeping. 11. When the little girl heard the news of her father’s death, she wouldn’t believe it. Answer

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True/False Questions 9. The girl gave her father a hug despite her mother’s strong opposition, because she knew her father was dying. F 10. Mother blamed the girl when she found she was not sleeping. F 11. When the little girl heard the news of her father’s death, she wouldn’t believe it. Answer

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True/False Questions 9. The girl gave her father a hug despite her mother’s strong opposition, because she knew her father was dying. F 10. Mother blamed the girl when she found she was not sleeping. F 11. When the little girl heard the news of her father’s death, she wouldn’t believe it. T Return

17 Multiple-choice Questions
Distant Education College, Jilin University Multiple-choice Questions 1. At the beginning of the story the child was lying on the sofa because _______. A) she was too ill to be in her bedroom B) she wanted a high bed like the one her father had in the hospital C) Mama agreed to have the child close to her own bedroom D) it was a soft, warm night and the child felt more comfortable on the sofa Answer

18 Multiple-choice Questions
Distant Education College, Jilin University Multiple-choice Questions 1. At the beginning of the story the child was lying on the sofa because _______. C A) she was too ill to be in her bedroom B) she wanted a high bed like the one her father had in the hospital C) Mama agreed to have the child close to her own bedroom D) it was a soft, warm night and the child felt more comfortable on the sofa Next

19 Multiple-choice Questions
Distant Education College, Jilin University Multiple-choice Questions 2. The child thought her father could not like the hospital better than home because _______. A) he had to sleep on a high bed B) he was not free to do whatever he wanted to C) he had to shave every day D) it was too huge a place Answer

20 Multiple-choice Questions
Distant Education College, Jilin University Multiple-choice Questions 2. The child thought her father could not like the hospital better than home because _______. B A) he had to sleep on a high bed B) he was not free to do whatever he wanted to C) he had to shave every day D) it was too huge a place Next

21 Multiple-choice Questions
Distant Education College, Jilin University Multiple-choice Questions 3. Her mother would not let her hug her father because ________. A) she was not allowed to do that in the hospital B) she might upset her father C) her brother and sister didn’t do it D) her roughness might hurt her father Answer

22 Multiple-choice Questions
Distant Education College, Jilin University Multiple-choice Questions 3. Her mother would not let her hug her father because ________. D A) she was not allowed to do that in the hospital B) she might upset her father C) her brother and sister didn’t do it D) her roughness might hurt her father Next

23 Multiple-choice Questions
Distant Education College, Jilin University Multiple-choice Questions 4. When Mama answered the telephone she told the child to go to her own room because _________. A) Mama did not want to be disturbed B) Mama did not want the child to hear the conversation and become upset C) the child was ill and needed to sleep D) Mama was angry that the child was still awake on the sofa Answer

24 Multiple-choice Questions
Distant Education College, Jilin University Multiple-choice Questions 4. When Mama answered the telephone she told the child to go to her own room because _________. B A) Mama did not want to be disturbed B) Mama did not want the child to hear the conversation and become upset C) the child was ill and needed to sleep D) Mama was angry that the child was still awake on the sofa Next

25 Multiple-choice Questions
Distant Education College, Jilin University Multiple-choice Questions 5. The child’s immediate reaction to the news of her father’s death was that of ________. A) anger B) despair C) disbelief D) confusion Answer

26 Multiple-choice Questions
Distant Education College, Jilin University Multiple-choice Questions 5. The child’s immediate reaction to the news of her father’s death was that of ________. C A) anger B) despair C) disbelief D) confusion Next

27 Multiple-choice Questions
Distant Education College, Jilin University Multiple-choice Questions 6. After reading the story, we understand better the title which suggests that if you really love your father, __________. A) you must let him know B) you should hug him all the time C) you must take care of him more carefully D) you shouldn’t be rough with or hurt your father Answer

28 Multiple-choice Questions
Distant Education College, Jilin University Multiple-choice Questions 6. After reading the story, we understand better the title which suggests that if you really love your father, __________. A A) you must let him know B) you should hug him all the time C) you must take care of him more carefully D) you shouldn’t be rough with or hurt your father Return

29 Questions for Discussion
Distant Education College, Jilin University Questions for Discussion 1. What’s the meaning of the title? What are the effects of the author’s choosing a first person narrator who is a child? 2. How old do you think the author was when her father died? Give reasons for your answer based on evidence from the text. 3. Have you ever had anything you bitterly regretted? What was it? Return

30 Don’t Wait to Give Daddy a Hug
Distant Education College, Jilin University Text Analysis Don’t Wait to Give Daddy a Hug A little girl regretted later in life for having lost the chance to give her daddy one last hug. She really wanted to give her daddy a hug. What prevented her from doing so? The night was soft and warm as I lay gazing at the ceiling. The whole house was quiet, except for the occasional coughing from my own congested throat, I lay on the sofa exaggerating my illness as children are likely to do. Tomorrow I would probably be dead. Mama said it would go away, but she could be wrong, couldn’t she? Next

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Text Analysis The hard blue lumps of the tattered sofa beneath my body were a great comfort to me. I was glad to be out of my own bedroom and nearer to that of my mother. After all, if I should choke during the night, she wouldn’t be able to hear me. It was imperative that I be as close as possible. Mama understood that, or at least she pretended to. She had tucked me in methodically several hours before and she was no doubt confident that I was long since asleep, but I had far too many things to think about to go to sleep. Previous Next

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Text Analysis I was thinking of the hospital. We had gone there that afternoon to visit my father for Valentine’s Day. We had to go the day before the actual holiday because Mama said we couldn’t get out of school to go on Monday. The hospital was a huge place. It seemed to me like a giant castle which I would be lost in forever if I wasn’t careful. Everything was white and I remembered seeing all kinds of ladies dressed up in funny white things with all their hair covered up with some sort of cloth. I asked who they were, but I don’t think I should have because my mother looked rather embarrassed and hushed me. I found out later that they were nuns. I thought nuns were only found in convents. That confused me for a while, but I soon found something else to arouse my curiosity. Previous Next

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Text Analysis Daddy was in a high bed that was folded in half some way. I couldn’t understand it, but I sure wished I could have one like that — then when Mama told me to lie down and go to sleep I wouldn’t because my bed wouldn’t let me. That would be fun, for a change. He looked alright to me. I didn’t know why he kept going to that place anyway. He couldn’t like it better than home because he didn’t even have a television there. Previous Next

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Text Analysis I sat as quietly as possible. My trouble was that I wanted to hug him and I was afraid of what Mama would say if I climbed up on his bed to do it. I didn’t know why she would mind — I only knew she would. Sometimes she said I was too rough. But I was such a little girl and Daddy was so big ... how could I hurt him? I thought there must be some other reason why he couldn’t wrestle with me like he used to. Maybe he was too tired. Previous Next

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Text Analysis My parents talked for a long time while I looked out the window and played with my brother and sister. I didn’t like that place and I wanted to go home. There didn’t seem to be anything to do there. Then, all at once, we were leaving. Daddy called me to his bedside and told me to be sure to say my prayers. I said I would and kissed him quickly on the cheek. I remembered how smooth his face was that day and I was surprised by it. Usually his cheeks were covered with a fine stubble which always tickled me like the first grass of spring tickled my toes. That day his face had been like a shiny stone. Previous Next

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Text Analysis The absence of the red growth had changed him somehow — he wasn’t the same anymore. It was probably because of the hospital. They probably made him shave in that place. That’s another reason why he should have come home; if he were at home he could do anything he wanted to — no one would make him shave. In any case, we were going then and I didn’t have time to ask him about it. I was glad to leave that building. The people in there were sick ... except, of course, my Daddy. He was not sick at all. Previous Next

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Text Analysis As I settled comfortably into the depths of the sofa, I noticed a dust web in the corner of the low ceiling and it took my mind off the hospital for a moment. And as my thoughts returned to the long halls and treasure-filled rooms I was startled by the shrill sound of the telephone. That made me angry — now Mama would get up and find that I wasn’t sleeping yet. Why did somebody have to call then anyway? Just as I had suspected, the light went on in the bedroom. Mama came into the shadows of the living room, bringing with her the rays of yellow light. My eyes, now accustomed to the darkness, turned instinctively away from the light. Besides, I had to pretend I was sleeping, and it was easier if I turned my face in the opposite direction from my mother. Previous Next

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Text Analysis Mama spoke for only a few minutes, asking questions like when? and how? She shook me then and told me to go into my own room. I knew it — the telephone call would ruin everything. Then she woke my oldest sister. In a few seconds the whole house was buzzing with some sort of news. “At eleven o’clock.” “... it had to happen sometime ... we were expecting it ...” “... too young to be dead.” I heard these phrases, but I couldn’t put together their meaning. Previous Next

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Text Analysis Mama came then and told me he was dead. My Daddy was dead. No! No! No! It wasn’t true. He couldn’t be dead. He was alive — he had kissed me only that afternoon. People didn’t die just like that! It wasn’t like stepping on a fly ... people took years to die ... they only died when they were old ... very old with gray hair and wrinkles and stooped-bodies. Young people don’t die. Not people I knew ... not anyone I loved. Not my father! He was mine and no one could take my father away from me. He would live forever. Previous Next

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Text Analysis I hated that person who called. It wasn’t true and that was a horrible thing to say. It wasn’t funny. It scared me. Mama believed it, though. She shouldn’t. If she’d only listen to me I’d tell her the truth ... IT ISN’T TRUE ... IT ISN’T!! Just wait — next time Daddy came home I’d tell him about the person who called. He’d laugh and say Mama shouldn’t have taken it seriously. After all, that couldn’t happen. He wasn’t even sick. Previous Next

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Text Analysis And do you know what else would happen when Daddy came home the next time? I would jump on his lap and hug him until he couldn’t even breathe! And he wouldn’t mind — because that’s what daddies were for. Abridged from Creative Young America in Prose and Poetry, ed., Dean Curry, Washington, D. C., 1981. Approximately 1,200 words. Previous Return

42 hug [hQ^] n. 紧紧拥抱 =embrace e.g. He hugged his daughter. 他紧紧拥抱他的女儿。
Distant Education College, Jilin University Words to Know hug [hQ^] n. 紧紧拥抱 =embrace e.g. He hugged his daughter. 他紧紧拥抱他的女儿。 Return

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Words to Know occasional [E5keIVEnl] adj. 偶尔的,偶然的 =occurring from time to time e.g. He is only an occasional workman. 他只不过是个临时雇工。 Return

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Words to Know congested [kEn5dVestId] adj. 用粘液堵塞的 =choked e.g. She had some difficulty in passing those streets congested with traffic. 她困难地通过那些交通拥挤的街道。 Return

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Words to Know exaggerate [I^5zAdVEreIt] vt. 夸大,把…言过其实 = overstate e.g. People will not believe a person who always exaggerates. 人们不会相信老是夸张的人。 Return

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Words to Know choke [tFEJk] vi. 窒息 =to have difficulty in breathing, swallowing, or speaking e.g. The old man choked with anger. 那个老人气得说不出话来。 Return

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Words to Know imperative [Im5perEtIv] adj. 极重要的,必要的 = peremptory e.g. It is imperative that every one of us remould his world outlook. 我们每个人都必须改造自己的世界观。 Return

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Words to Know confident [5kRnfIdEnt] adj. 确信的,有信心的 =marked by assurance, as of success e.g. Peter is confident of winning the post as the assistant to the managing director. 彼得确信他能获得总经理助理的职位。 Return

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Words to Know giant [5dVaIEnt] adj. 巨大的 =marked by exceptionally great size, magnitude, or power e.g. All children like giant pandas. 孩子们都喜欢大熊猫。 Return

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Words to Know wrestle [5resl] vi. (与…)角力,摔跤 =to contend or struggle e.g. You should have the mental preparation of wrestling with a task. 你要有苦干一项工作的思想准备。 Return

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Words to Know prayer [prZE] n. 祷告,祈祷 =act of praying to God e.g. He knelt down in prayer. 他跪下祷告。 Return

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Words to Know stubble [5stQbl] n. 须茬,发茬 = short bristly hairs on a man's unshaven face e.g. He had three days' stubble on his unshaven face. 他因三天未刮脸而留下满脸胡子茬。 Return

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Words to Know tickle [5tIkl] vt. 使觉得痒 =to touch (the body) lightly so as to cause laughter or twitching movements e.g. I tickled the baby's feet and made her laugh. 我胳肢孩子的脚, 使她发笑。 Return

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Words to Know web [web] n. (蜘蛛的)网 =something made of threads by a spider or other spinning creature e.g. A fly was caught in a spider’s web. 一只苍蝇被蜘蛛网捉住了。 Return

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Words to Know startle [5stB:tl] v. 惊吓,使…大吃一惊 =to alarm, frighten, or surprise suddenly e.g. You startled me when you shouted. 你叫喊的时候,吓了我一跳。 Return

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Words to Know shrill [FrIl] adj. 刺耳的 =high-pitched and piercing in tone or sound e.g. She was shocked by a shrill whistle. 她被一声尖锐的汽笛声吓了一跳。 Return

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Words to Know instinctively [5instiNktlI] adv. 本能地 = spontaneously e.g. She has a fear of snakes instinctively. 她本能地怕蛇。 Return

58 Useful Phrases and Expressions
Distant Education College, Jilin University Useful Phrases and Expressions accustomed [E5kQstEmd] adj. 习惯的 = customary e.g. She spoke with her accustomed modesty. 她以她惯有的谦虚态度讲话。 (be) accustomed to 习惯于 e.g. I'm not accustomed to getting up so early to do morning exercise. 我不习惯这么早起床进行晨练。 Return

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Words to Know ruin [5ru:In] vt. 毁坏 =to destroy completely; demolish e.g. She poured water all over my painting, and ruined it. 她把水全倒在了我的画上,把画毁了。 Return

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Words to Know buzz [bQz] vi. 嘁嘁喳喳,嗡嗡响 = to make a low droning or vibrating sound like that of a bee e.g. The crowd buzzed with excitement. 群众很兴奋,嘁嘁喳喳交头接耳。 Return

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Words to Know stoop [stu:p] vi. 弯腰,驼背 =bend the body forward and downward e.g. He stooped to look under the table. 他弯腰往桌下看。 Return

62 except for 除了…外 e.g. We all went except John. 除了约翰外, 我们都去了。
Distant Education College, Jilin University Useful Phrases and Expressions except for 除了…外 e.g. We all went except John. 除了约翰外, 我们都去了。 Return

63 be likely to (do) 可能会… e.g. The train is likely to be late. 这趟火车很可能晚点。
Distant Education College, Jilin University Useful Phrases and Expressions be likely to (do) 可能会… e.g. The train is likely to be late. 这趟火车很可能晚点。 Return

64 Useful Phrases and Expressions
Distant Education College, Jilin University Useful Phrases and Expressions after all 再说,毕竟 e.g. It has turned out to be a nice day after all. 天气终于转晴了。 Return

65 tuck … in 给…掖好,塞紧被子 e.g. Come to tuck me in, please. 请给我把被子掖好。
Distant Education College, Jilin University Useful Phrases and Expressions tuck … in 给…掖好,塞紧被子 e.g. Come to tuck me in, please. 请给我把被子掖好。 Return

66 Useful Phrases and Expressions
Distant Education College, Jilin University Useful Phrases and Expressions long since 很久以前 e.g. It was long since we had been there. 我们在那里已是很久以前的事了。 Return

67 Useful Phrases and Expressions
Distant Education College, Jilin University Useful Phrases and Expressions be lost in (a place) 失踪 e.g. The little boy went for a walk and got lost in the forest. 小男孩去散步在森林里走迷了路。 Return

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Difficult Sentences The night was soft and warm as I lay gazing at the ceiling. 当晚温暖宜人,我躺在那里凝视着天花板。 Return

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Difficult Sentences The hard blue lumps of the tattered sofa beneath my body were a great comfort to me. 躺在露出了硬邦邦的蓝色衬垫的沙发里舒服极了。 Return

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Difficult Sentences Daddy was in a high bed that was folded in half some way. 爸爸躺在一张床上,床的一头不知怎的抬得很高。 Return

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Difficult Sentences Usually his cheeks were covered with a fine stubble which always tickled me like the first grass of spring tickled my toes. 往日里爸爸的面颊上满是细小的短髭,总是刺得我发痒,好像刚长出的春草刺着我的脚尖一样。 a fine stubble: a short, stiff growth of beard Return

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Difficult Sentences The absence of the red growth had changed him somehow — he wasn’t the same anymore. 脸上少了胡子,不知怎么的爸爸变成了另一个人,再也不像以前的模样了。 Return

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Difficult Sentences Mama came into the shadows of the living room, bringing with her the rays of yellow light. 妈妈走进昏暗的起居室,背后黄色的灯光射进了屋里。 Return

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Difficult Sentences In a few seconds the whole house was buzzing with some sort of news. 顿时一屋子人叽叽喳喳的,像在谈什么意外消息。 was buzzing with some sort of news: was filled with talk about certain news Return

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Frances Fleckner Schletty writes of the article: “I wrote the story of my father’s death to fulfil a desire I had had since childhood.” Return

76 Useful Phrases and Expressions
Distant Education College, Jilin University Useful Phrases and Expressions Valentine’s Day: February 14 is a day on which a card of gift is sent to one’s valentine (one’s sweetheart or beloved). Return

77 It wasn’t like stepping on a fly: It was not as easy as killing a fly.
Distant Education College, Jilin University Difficult Sentences It wasn’t like stepping on a fly: It was not as easy as killing a fly. Return

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Difficult Sentences Mama shouldn’t have taken it seriously: Mama shouldn’t have believed it. Return

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Difficult Sentences It was imperative that I be as close as possible. 我尽量靠近些是绝对有必要的。 在It is/was + adjective + that的句型中,that从句中的should经常省略。可用于该句型的形容词一般表示“必要性、重要性”, 如necessary, essential, vital, important, imperative, advisable, better: e.g. It is essential that he be prepared for this. 他对此作好思想准备是有必要的。 Return

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Difficult Sentences The whole house was quiet, except for the occasional coughing from my own congested throat, I lay on the sofa exaggerating my illness as children are likely to do 屋子里静悄悄的,只是偶尔听到因为我的喉咙红肿而发出的咳嗽声,我躺在沙发上,像其他孩子可能做的那样竭力表现出 病情严重的样子。 Return

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Difficult Sentences Everything was white and I remembered seeing all kinds of ladies dressed up in funny white things with all their hair covered up with some sort of cloth. 一切都是白色的。我记得看到各种各样的女人都打扮成一身白 头上还顶着一块白布,真是可笑。 Return

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Difficult Sentences He couldn’t like it better than home because he didn’t even have a television there. 他会感到在那里不如在家好,因为那里连电视都没有。 Return


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