New Horizon College English (2)
Section A：Time-Conscious Americans
I. Structure of the Text:
labor-saving devices in order to save time. (Paras.5-7)
Americans save time carefully. (Para. 1)
Americans’ attitude towards time and how they try to save time in daily life and in business. (Paras. 2-7)
Americans save time in their daily life. (Para.3)
Americans save time in doing business. (Para.4)
It is taken as a sign of skillfulness or being competent to solve a
problem or fulfill a job successfully with speed in the US. (Para.8)
A. New words and Expressions:
1. fall behind:1) become bit by bit further behind
2) (with) fail to finish at the proper time
Eg. 1) fall behind in science fall behind one’s competitors
2) fall behind with the rent
v Acting before thinking alwaysresults infailing.
v The accidentresulted inthe death of two people
v Nothinghas resulted fromhis efforts.
v The child’s illnessresulted fromeating unclean food.
3. abruptadj.1) (of behavior) rough 2) sudden and unexpected
an abrupt change of policy
an abrupt drop in oil prices
When I asked her about her new job, she was quite abrupt with me.
The meeting came to an abrupt end.
4. commit to:be devoted to (researching, experimenting, and exploring)
Eg. Officials at all ranks have committed themselves to the fight against polluted milk products.
5. to take personally:to consider sth. directed at oneself
Eg. You mustn’t take her negative comments of your plan personally.
1) to give a satisfactory explanation about (how sth. is used)
Eg. This corrupt official couldn’t account for the source of his income.
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