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西安建筑科技大学土木、工管本科新视野英语2学习重点、难点、作业及答案

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Eg. Usually, the more important a task is, the more capital, energy, and attention will be poured into it in order to “get it moving”.
The higher he climbs the ladder of the society, the greedier he is.
6. Time is one of the two elements that Americans save carefully, the other being labor. (Para.1)
Notice here in this sentence we have a special type of adverbial clause: “the other being labor”. The structure
is: “subject +v-ing/ed ” which is called Absolute Construction. It is usually used to indicate reason, accompanying, time, etc. This type of clause can also be put at the beginning of the whole sentence. The verb form in this structure is decided by its relation with the subject in the main clause.
Eg. No further discussions arising, the meeting was brought to an end.
   Lunch finished, all the guests returned to the sitting room.
This type of clause can be rewritten by adding the proposition “with”:
   With homework finished, Tom went out to play football.
III. After Reading Activities
1. Summary of the Text
Americans are particularly concerned about time. They clearly realize that life is short and consider time a precious resource. Visitors may find that Americans are always in a rush and under great pressure in daily life. They don’t usually exchange smiles or brief conversations because they resent wasting time. Americans generally assess and inquire about others professionally rather than socially, so they start talking business directly without opening exchanges. In order to save time, Americans use quite a few labor-saving devices like telephones, faxes, or emails. Electronic communication is becoming more and more popular, while most personal visiting, which though pleasant, takes longer, is saved for after-work hours or for social weekend gatherings. In the US, unlike in some other countries, quickly solving a problem or fulfilling a job successfully is a sign of skillfulness or being competent.
2. Further Discussion
Work in small groups and discuss the following questions.

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