第一部分 TEXT

As the man tried to swing the speedboat round, the steering wheel came away in his hands. He waved desperately to his companion, who had been water skiing for the last fifteen minutes. Both men had hardly had time to realize what was happening when they were thrown violently into the sea. The speedboat had struck a buoy, but it continued to move very quickly across the water. Both men had just begun to swim towards the shore, when they noticed with dismay that the speedboat was moving in a circle. It now came straight towards them at tremendous speed. In less than a minute, it roared past them only a few feet away. After it had passed, they swam on as quickly as they could because they knew that the boat would soon return. They had just had enough time to swim out of danger when the boat again completed a circle. On this occasion, however,it had slowed down considerably. The petrol had nearly all been used up. Before long, the noise dropped completely and the boat began to drift gently across the water.

参考译文

当那人试图让快艇转弯时,方向盘脱手了。他绝望地向他的伙伴挥手,他的伙伴在过去的15分钟里一直在滑水。他们两个还没来得及意识到究竟发生了什么事情,就被猛地抛入了海里。快艇撞上了一个浮标,但它仍在水面上快速行驶着。两个人刚开始向岸边游去,就突然惊愕地发现快艇正在转着圈行驶,它现在正以惊人的速度直冲他们驶来。不到1分钟的工夫,它从离他们只有几英尺远的地方呼啸着驶了过去。快艇过去之后,他们以最快的速度向前游去,因为他们知道快艇马上就要转回来。他们刚刚来得及游出危险区,快艇就又转完了一圈。然而这一次它的速度慢多了。汽油几乎已经用光。没过多久,噪音便彻底消失,快艇开始在水面上慢悠悠地漂流。

第二部分 LANGUAGE POINTS

1....the steering wheel came away in his hands.
come away from someplace:某人离开了某处
sth. come away from sth. else:某物脱离了另外一个物体

2.Both men had hardly had time to realize what was happening when they were thrown violently into the sea.
hardly..when..:倒装结构,刚...就...(表示2个事件接得很近)

3.Both men had just begun to swim towards the shore, when they noticed with dismay that the speedboat was moving in a circle.
dismay:n.近意表达alarm;v.令人恐惧/担忧/悲伤
 eg
I was homesick and dismayed by the quiet of the country.
Last month he dismayed his colleagues by refusing the offer.

4.It now came straight towards them at tremendous speed.
tremendous:adj. 表示程度很强烈

5.They had just had enough time to swim out of danger when the boat again completed a circle.
=They had hardly had time to swim out of danger when the boat again completed a circle.
(见语言点2)

6.The petrol had nearly all been used up.
used up:耗尽,用光

第三部分 KEY STRUCTURES AND USAGE

 课文中的过去时态(注意时态的具体应用)

=>As the man tried to swing the speedboat round, the steering wheel came away in his hands.
(一般过去时,用来叙述故事发生的背景)
=>He waved desperately to his companion, who had been water skiing for the last fifteen minutes.
(过去完成进行时,表示一个持续性动作从过去某个时间延续到过去的另一个时间)
=>Both men had just begun to swim towards the shore, when they noticed with dismay that the speedboat was moving in a circle.
(主句:过去完成时;时间状语从句:过去进行时)


Exercises

中译英
1.我们带着不受欢迎不舒服的感觉离开了那个地方。
2.这本书的封面离开了书脊
3.当地的警察刚刚检查完爆炸就发生了
4.他刚刚说完话就忍不住笑起来
5.大使们谈论起这些问题充满了沮丧
6.让我们沮丧的是,我们被推搡进一个小房间
7.人们普遍感到强烈的紧迫感和兴奋劲
8.那是一个讲述爱情和勇气的非凡的故事
9.她确实是用完了很多的能量
10.她用完了所有的硬币


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