暑假必读的新概念美文: 不必担心

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编辑点评: 2015年暑假已经开始,你的暑假打算如何度过呢?暑假这段时间,一定不要虚度,不妨读些新概念美文。即能提高英语成绩,丰富词汇量又非常有趣。下面就是小编为大家准备的非常有趣的新概念美文。

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he informed us that the next village was a mere twenty miles away. It was not that Bruce always underestimated difficulties. He

simply had no sense of danger at all. No matter what the conditions were, he believed that a car should be driven as fast as it

could possibly go.

As we bumped over the dusty track, we swerved to avoid large boulders.The wheels scooped up stones which hammered

ominously under the car. We felt sure that sooner or later a stone would rip a hole in our petrol tank or damage the engine.

Because of this, we kept looking back, wondering if we were leaving a trail of oil and petrol behind us.

What a relief it was when the boulders suddenly disappeared, giving way to a stretch of plain where the only obstacles were

clumps of bushes. But there was worse to come. Just ahead of us there was a huge fissure. In response to renewed pleadings,

Bruce stopped. Though we all got out to examine the fissure, he remained in the car. We informed him that the fissure extended

for fifty yards and was two feet wide and four feet deep. Even this had no effect. Bruce went into a low gear and drove at a

terrifying speed, keeping the front wheels astride the crack as he followed its zig-zag course. Before we had time to worry about

what might happen, we were back on the plain again. Bruce consulted the map once more and told us that the village was now

only fifteen miles away. Our next obstacle was a shallow pool of water about half a mile across. Bruce charged at it, but in the

middle, the car came to a grinding halt. A yellow light on the dash- board flashed angrily and Bruce cheerfully announced that

there was no oil in the engine!

●rough adj. 崎岖不平的

●boulder n. 大石块

●pit v. 使得坑坑洼洼

●perturb v. 使不安

●underestimate v. 低估

●swerve v. 争转变

●scoop v. 挖出

●hammer v. (用锤)击打,锤打

●ominously adv. 有预兆的,不祥的

●rip v. 划破,撕,扯

●petrol n. 汽油

●stretch n. 一大片(平地或水)

●obstacle n. 障碍

●clump n. 丛,簇

●fissure n. (石、地的)深缝

●renew v. 重复

●pleading n. 恳求

●gear n. (汽车)排档

●astride prep. 骑,跨

●crack n. 缝隙

●zigzag n. “之”字形

●shallow adj. 浅的

●grind (ground, ground ) v. 磨擦

●halt n. 停

●dashboard n. (汽车上的)仪表盘

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