第一部分 TEXT

‘At the time the murder was committed, I was travelling on the 8 o'clock train to London,'said the man.
‘Do you always catch such an early train?'asked the inspector.
‘Of course I do,'answered the man.‘I must be at work at 10 o'clock. My employer will confirm that I was there on time.'
‘Would a later train get you to work on time?'asked the inspector.
‘I suppose it would, but I never catch a later train.'
‘At what time did you arrive at the station?'
‘At ten to eight. I bought a paper and waited for the train.'
‘And you didn't notice anything unusual?'
‘Of course not.'
‘I suggest,'said the inspector,‘that you are not telling the truth. I suggest that you did not catch the 8 o'clock train, but that you caught the 8.25 which would still get you to work on time. You see, on the morning of the murder, the 8 o'clock train did not run at all. It broke down at Ferngreen station and was taken off the line.'

参考译文

"在凶杀发生的时候,我正坐在8点钟开往伦敦的火车上。"那人说。
"您总是赶这样早的火车吗?"探长问。
"当然是的,"那人回答。"我必须在10点钟上班,我的雇主会证明我是按时到了那儿的。"
"晚一点儿的车也能送您按时上班吗?"
"我认为可以,但我从来不乘晚一点儿的车。"
"您几点钟到的火车站?"
"7点50分。我买了张报纸,等着车来。"
"您没有注意到有什么异常情况发生吗?"
"当然没有。"
"我提醒您,"探长说,"您讲的不是实话。您乘的不是8点钟的火车,而是8点25分的,这次车同样能使您按时上班。您看,在凶杀发生的那天早晨,8点钟的那次车根本没有发。它在芬格林车站出了故障而被取消

第三部分 LANGUAGE POINTS

1、A perfect alibi
极好的不在犯罪现场的证据

2、My employer will confirm that I was there on time.
confirm that:确认...,证实...
on time:准时

3、And you didn't notice anything unusual?
anything unusual: n.+ 修饰n.的adj.(something,anyone,anybody等名词都有这样的用法,修饰名词的形容词跟在名词后面)

4、...on the morning of the murder
on:特指某一个(早晨、下午、晚上...)

5、It broke down at Ferngreen station and was taken off the line.
broke down:(机器)故障;(系统,体系)失败,破裂;(人)身体出毛病

第四部分 KEY STRUCTURES AND USAGE

 课文中直接引语和间接引语的用法

=>"At the time the murder was committed, I was travelling on the 8 'clock train to London,"said the man.
=The man said that at the time the murder was committed, he was travelling on the 8 'clock train to London.

=>Ann said,"I will get back next week."
=Ann said that she would get back the next week.

=>She said,"Are you busy, John?"
=She asked John whether he was busy.

=>He asked me,"Where did you buy this Chinese-English dictionary?"
=He asked me where I had bought that Chinese-English dictionary


Exercises

中译英
1、她问我那是否是我的车,我证实了那是我的。
2、我既没证实这谣传,也没进行否认
3、我们都赶上了火车,都准时到达这儿的
4、我觉得你差不多算是准时了吧
5、他有一些重要的事情要告诉我们
6、她写过一本关于某个名人的书,但我不记得是谁了
7、那天我们所有的人都喝醉了
8、她通常是早上7点出发,但考试的那个早晨,她比平时提早半个小时出发
9、车坏的时候修理厂似乎总关着门
10、妈妈的电视坏了
11、这种很高明的传导系统开始出现故障了。
12、谈话在遇到一些原则问题上遇到了阻碍


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