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every day idioms 每日俚语

已有 778 次阅读  2009-06-14 08:41
俚语其实是正式场合里相当避讳使用的语言,但是在日常生活中又是必不可少的。我在组织口语课程里面加入了一些俚语的内容,在这里和大家分享一下。俚语也分等级哦!我这本教材是EVERY DAY IDIOMS LEVEL TWO, TIMING,从字面上可以看出来是关于时间的。这本是我朋友送我进修英语的书,所以只有英文翻译,没有中文解释。 希望大家喜欢!
part one  idioms  Timing
(1)        all of a sudden        

suddenly, without warning

Jane was driving on the highway when all of sudden her engine quit.
The lightning flashed, and all of sudden there was no electricity in the house.

(2)        in no time  

very quickly, not taking much time; in a flash

The excited children got ready for the trip to the zoo in no time.
The small hummingbird slowly flew close to us and then, in a flash, it was gone.

(3)        not miss a beat  

to continue doing something without hesitation

usage note: This idiom refers to the ability to continue doing something despite an interruption. Other negative forms such as without and never can be used instead of not.

Even though angry demonstrators shouted during his speech, the politician didn’t miss a beat.
When the teleprompter failed, the TV newscaster kept reporting without missing a beat.

(4)        right away  

immediately; at once

I’m going to the store to buy a couple of items and I’ll be back right away.
Johnny, go to your room and study at once!

(5)        as soon as  

immediately after

grammar note: this idiom is a conjunction that combines two sentences into one.

As soon as Helena got home, she checked the mailbox for a letter from her daughter.
Mark left the boring conference presentation as soon as it ended.

(6)        in the long run

eventually, in the future; in the end

if you work hard and do your best, in the long run you will succeed.
Even though the Madisons almost got divorced, they managed to reconcile in the end.

(7)        so far   

from the past to the present, until now; to this day

Angie entered the writing contest three months ago, but so far she hasn’t heard anything.
Mohammed over explained why he quit his job, and to this day we still don’t know why.

(8)        be (just) about to  

to be at the moment of doing something

grammar note: the idiom itself is followed by the base form. of a verb, even though a gerund ( verb+ing) is used in the definition.

Mr. Ochoa was about to play golf when it started to rain.
Oh, hi, Marta. I’m glad you called me. I was just about to leave for the beach.

(9)        at the last minute

at the last possible moment

usage note: This idiom is used when someone is almost too late to do something be somewhere.

Minu was planning to go with us but changed his mind at the last minute.
At the last minute the manager had to cancel the meeting because of illness.
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