Pumas are large, cat-like animals which are found in America. When reports came into London Zoo that a wild puma had been
spotted forty-five miles south of London, they were not taken seriously. However, as the evidence began to accumulate, experts
from the Zoo felt obliged to investigate, for the descriptions given by people who claimed to have seen the puma were
The hunt for the puma began in a small village where a woman picking blackberries saw 'a large cat' only five yards away from
her. It immediately ran away when she saw it, and experts confirmed that a puma will not attack a human being unless it is
cornered. The search proved difficult, for the puma was often observed at one place in the morning and at another place twenty
miles away in the evening. Wherever it went, it left behind it a trail of dead deer and small animals like rabbits. Paw prints were
seen in a number of places and puma fur was found clinging to bushes. Several people complained of 'cat-like noises' at night
and a businessman on a fishing trip saw the puma up a tree. The experts were now fully convinced that the animal was a puma,
but where had it come from? As no pumas had been reported missing from any zoo in the country, this one must have been in the
possession of a private collector and somehow managed to escape. The hunt went on for several weeks, but the puma was not
caught. It is disturbing to think that a dangerous wild animal is still at large in the quiet countryside.
二、【New words and expressions】生词和短语
◆puma n. 美洲狮
◆spot v. 看出，发现
◆evidence n. 证据
◆accumulate v. 积累，积聚
◆oblige v. 使…感到必须
◆hunt n. 追猎；寻找
◆blackberry n. 黑莓
◆human being 人类
◆corner v. 使走投无路，使陷入困境
◆trail n. 一串，一系列
◆print n. 印痕
◆cling (clung, clung ) v. 粘
◆somehow adv. 不知怎么搞地，不知什么原因
◆disturb v. 令人不安
★spot v. 看出，发现
pick out / see / recognize / catch sight of
eg: A tall man is easy to spot in the crowd.
He has good eye for spotting mistakes. 他有敏锐的识别错误的能力。
spot(做动词时候) = see:强调结果、辨别出、看见、识别、发现。
find out 查出事实真相。
spot n. 斑点
eg: There is a white spot on the shirt.
on the spot
1,立刻，马上（at once, immediately ）
Anyone breaking the rules will be asked to leave on the spot.
2,at the place of the action 在现场
Wherever she is needed , she is quickly on the spot.
★evidence n. 证据
When the police arrived, he had already destroyed the evidence.
He was in evidence at the party.
★accumulate vt,vi. 积累，积聚
As the evidence accumulates, experts from the zoo felt obliged to investigate.
gather vt. 聚集，把某人召集在某处
assemble 集合，集会， vt. 装配
The squirrel hoards up nuts for the cold winter.
hoard up= store up
★oblige v. 使…感到必须
feel obliged to do sth.感觉有必要做某事
be obliged to do sth 被迫做某事
★hunt n. 追猎；寻找
run after 强调追赶、追求.
seek 追寻（梦想，理想） = pursue
★corner v. 使走投无路，使陷入困境
at the corner of the street
in the corner of the room
on the corner of the desk
be cornered ………被逼得走投无路
The thief was cornered at last.
The problem cornered me.这个问题把我难例了。
★trail n. 一串，一系列
trail==follow vt. 跟踪
eg: The police trailed the criminal to the place where he was hiding.
★cling (clung, clung ) v. 粘
eg: She is always clinging to her mother.
He clung to the hope that he would succeed.(抱有，怀有)
stick 粘住 stick to 坚持 sticky adj. 粘的
★convince vt. 使…信服
convince sb. of sth 使sb相信sth
sb be convicned sb相信
★somehow adv. 不知怎么搞地，不知什么原因
by some means, in some way, for some reason unknown
somewhat ==a little
★disturb v. 令人不安
disturbing adj. 令人不安的 disturbed 感到不安的
surprising 令人吃惊的 surprised 感到吃惊的
exciting 令人激动的 excited 感到激动的
corner n. 角落
3：总体来讲（as a whole）
Pandas are large cat-like animals which are found in Asia.
指人：主语 who; 宾语 who/whom; 定语 whose
时间状语：when; 地点状语：where; 原因状语： why
Wherever he went, the wound soldier left behind him a trail of blood.伤员所到之处，都留下道道血迹。
on the rise:在上升
on the increase: 在增加
on the watch: 在观看
时间 when; 地点 where
eg: An idea came to her that she might do the experiment in another way.
I have no idea what has happened to him.
(An idea)…come to sb.某人突然想到了……
take sth. seriously==deal with sth. seriously 认真（严肃）对待某事
take sth. lightly: 草率对待某事
claim to have done sth：声称曾经作过某事
confirm: be sure, be certain
search=huntleave behindcomplain of / about :
on + 名词：强调动作正在进行
on the match:在比赛中
on the fishing trip:在钓鱼的途中
on holiday: 在度假
fully: completely, entirely
in the possession of sb==in sb's possession 归某人所有
in possession of sth. 拥有某物
The person in possession of the big house is excited.
take possession of 拥有
◆equal v. 等于
◆vicar n. 牧师
★equal v. 等于
A equal B
eg:Mary is quite equal to John in brains.
2. 有能力做某事 to- 介词
★raise v. 募集；筹（款）
raise money 筹款
eg: The beautiful car is in my possession / in the possession of me.
I am in possession of the beautiful car.
eg: It is disturbing to think that I felt my examination.
Our vicar is always raising money for one cause or another, but he has never managed to get enough money to have the church
One night, however, our vicar woke up with a start: the clock was striking the hours! Looking at his watch, he saw that it was one
o'clock, but the bell struck thirteen times before it stopped. Armed with a torch, the vicar went up into the clock tower to see what
'Whatever are you doing up here Bill ?' asked the vicar in surprise.
' I'm trying to repair the bell,' answered Bill.' I've been coming up here night after night for weeks now. You see, I was hoping to
give you a surprise.'
bell is working again.'
'That's the trouble, vicar,' answered Bill. 'It's working all right, but I'm afraid that at one o'clock it will strike thirteen times and
'We'll get used to that, Bill,' said the vicar. 'Thirteen is not as good as one, but it's better than nothing. Now let's go downstairs
and have a cup of tea.'
be equal to + n: 1. 与…相匹敌
eg: I am equal to running the company.
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