A: There are innumerable reasons why I can’t marry you.
B: Surely there can not be that many .
A: I would love to sail around the world alone.
B: You must be insane.
A: Can you read the inscription in the book to me?
B: Sorry, I don’t have my glasses and the lettering it too small.
A: You are looking tired.
B: Yes, I am suffering from insomnia.
A: You are an inspiration to me.
B: You are quite amazing also!
A: Did you buy your car with cash?
B: No, I arranged that I will pay in monthly installments.
A: That medicine worked great.
B: Yes, it had instantaneous results.
A: What are the words to that song you were humming?
B: Oh, it was just an instrumental piece.
A: My house is freezing in the winter.
B: Perhaps you need to insulate it better.
A: Did the parcel arrive intact?
B: Yes, there was no damage to it at all.
A: What is the annual intake of students into your school each year?
B: Oh, about 100 pupils join each year.
A: You played an integral part in the project, thanks for your help.
B: You are welcome, but I do not think that my assistance was that important.
A: I admire your integrity.
B: Thanks, I think it is essential to stick to your principles.
A: My intellect is the most important aspect of my mind.
A: And you certainly use your well.
A: Mark always holds intelligible conversation.
B: Yes, he is very smart.
A: We could intensify the light in the room by painting the walls white.
B: Or we could just add more lights.
A: I did not commit the crime with intent.
B: But that will be impossible to prove in court.
to all intents (and purposes) 几乎在一切方面，实际上
A: I need to interact with some new people.
B: Good , but how are you going to meet them?
A: I think our post has been intercepted.
B: Why, were the letters open when they arrived?
A: The conference facilitated intercourse with many groups of people.
B: I hope that you had some interesting and productive conversations.
A: What do you study in college?
B: The interface between humans and computers
A: We have to submit an interim report by the end of the month.
B: And when will the official one have to be completed?
in the interim 在其间
A: May I offer an interjection into the argument?
B: No, the debate must continue without disruption.
A: How was the weather on your holiday?
B: Apart form the intermittent rain, it was fine.
A: Turn left at the next intersection.
B: I thought we have to turn right.
A: My parents are always arguing.
B: Is there anything you can do to intervene?
A: I am planning an intervention into the affairs of my neighbours.
B: Why are you so interested in what they are doing ?
A: Jane is always so outspoken.
B: But don’t be intimidated by her.
A: He was completely intoxicated after coming home from the pub last night.
B: Yes, I knew he had a lot to drink.
A: The details in the painting are exceptionally intricate.
B: Yes, it must have taken a long time to complete.
A: Did you enjoy the novel I lent you?
B: It was excellent, the plot was full of intrigue and mystery.
A: I found a piece of evidence that is intrinsic to our case.
B: Gosh, why did we not realize it sooner?
A: I don’t mean to intrude, but can I join your conversation?
B: Don’t worry, you are not interrupting anything private.
A: My intuition told me that he is bad news.
B: Yes, I never trusted him either.
A: I am afraid this is the only piece of identification that I have.
B: But it is out of date which makes it invalid.
A: Your help was invaluable to me, thanks.
B: Don’t mention it, it was my pleasure.
A: Invariably the car broke down on the way to my exam.
B: Typical! What did you do?
A: I would like to have an inventory of all the furniture in the house before I move in.
B: Certainly, that can be arranged.
make inventory 清查存货，存货盘存；调查；评价
A: I can’t get the lid off this jar, Mum.
B: Try inverting it and then bang the jar on the floor.
A: Ironically, I missed the plane even though I was at the airport two hours in advance.
B: I call that unlucky!
A: Do you think Jack is a good comedian?
B: No, he relies too heavily on irony.
A: Irrespective of the weather, I think we should still go sailing.
B: But what if there is a thunder storm?
a. (of) 不考虑的，不顾及的
A: Despite the dry weather, I am amazed at how many crops the farmers are growing.
B: That is because they have developed an extensive and efficient irrigation system.
A: My little sister always irritates me.
B: Mine is also very annoying.
A: Is Iran a Christian country?
B: No, it is Islamic.
A: The isle where we camped was just one hour by boat off shore.
B: Were there any inhabitants on it?
A: I’m itching to travel.
B: Perhaps you can go away following your studies.
A: Your necklace is very unusual.
B: That’s because it is made out of ivory.
A: I need to cut back the ivy from my windows.
B: Yes, it tends to grow at a rapid rate.
A: I need to change the wheel of my car, I have a flat.
B: I’ll help, do you have a jack ?
A: What type of stone is your ring?
B: It is jade , quite rare.
A: Did you understand the article I gave you?
B: No, there was too much jargon and terms that I had not seen before.
A: I’m going to rent a jeep for the weekend and drive to the mountains.
B: Great idea, can I come?
A: No, I’m not going to cheat on the exam.
B: Good, there is no point in jeopardising your degree.
A: You nearly hit Andrew on the head.
B: Good thing that he jerked just in time to miss it.
A: What would you like for your birthday?
B: Some new jewellery would be nice, maybe a necklace.
A: You’re so small you would make an excellent jockey .
B: Oh, I don’t like horse riding.
vi. (for) 谋取
A: I go for a short jog around the lake every night.
B: You must be very fit.
v. / n. 1。慢跑；2。（尤指不正当地）轻轻碰撞
jog sb.’s memory 唤起某人的记忆
A: Mr. Smith has a jolly sense of humour,
B: Yes, I have always found him to be very pleasant.
A: Was the car damaged in the accident?
B: No, it just got a slight jolt . There was no damage done.
A: The judicial proceedings will take place after all the evidence has been collected.
B: How long do you think that will take?
A: Shall I pour the milk into a jug ?
B: Yes, if you can find a clean one!
A: I’m trying to juggle two jobs at once.
B: That must be difficult, how do you manage?
A: There is a jumbo edition of the magazine out this week.
B: Are you sure you will have time to read it?
A: The traffic lights on the main junction are out this week.
B: Are you sure you will have time to read it ?
A: What are you doing in your room?
B: I’m trying to clear it of all the junk I have collected over the years.
A: What are you doing in this part of town?
B: Sir, it is my new jurisdiction .
n. 1。司法权，审判权，裁判权；2。权力，管辖权； 3。权限，管辖范围
A: Sorry, Sir, my dog ate my homework.
B: That is not adequate justification for being late again.
A: John was taken to the juvenile court for the hearing.
B: Oh, that is right he is only 14 and too young to be on trial in the central court.
A: I dreamt I was kidnapped by a gang of thieves.
B: You were not dreaming!
A: Doctor, I have a severe pain in my lower back.
B: It may be your kidneys , let me check.
A: Who is your next of kin ?
B: My father.
A: I’ve hurt myself, do you have a bandage?
B: Yeah, there is one in the first aid kit.
A: I just bought a new kitten , she is very cute.
B: She may be now, but she will soon grow up!
A: You are my knight in shining armor.
B: Well, that makes you my princess.
A: Did you make this blanket?
B: Yes, it took three weeks to knit .
A: The potatoes are best with a knob of butter.
B: Oh, but I don’t like potatoes or butter.
A: What happened to your knuckles ? They are bleeding.
B: Oh, I cycled in a wall and grazed them.
vi. 1. (down) 开始努力工作；2.(under)屈服
A: Be careful, your laces are undone.
B: Oh, I never learned how to tie them properly.
vt. (up) 用系带束紧
A: Sorry I’m late, my alarm did not go off on time.
B: That is a lame excuse, don’t let it happen again.
A: I am lamenting the loss of my dear friend.
B: Goodness, what happened to him?
A: I am going to the lake to float some lanterns .
B: It would be best to wait until it is dark.
A: I saw my father again after a lapse of twenty years.
B: That must have been an emotional meeting.
A: Stop annoying your brother.
B: Don’t lash out at me, he was the one that started it.
lash out (at) 猛烈抨击
A: I know you have the ability to do the task, it is latent within you.
B: But I am not so confident that it is there.
A: On what line of latitude is France?
B: Well, it will span several lines, but you should check in an atlas for the exact figures.
A: Did you enjoy the wedding?
B: Indeed, it was a very lavish affair.
vt. (on,upon) 慷慨地给予，挥霍
A: Was our teacher also a priest?
B: No, he was just a layman .
A: There were a lot of layoffs recently in my town.
B: That will be hard on the families in the region, do you think they will be able to find new jobs?
A: Could you please give me some additional information about your organization?
B: Certainly, this leaflet has all the details that you will need.
A: Have you seen my shoes, Mum?
B: Yes, they are drying on the window ledge .
A: Mr. Smart had a full and an interesting life.
B: Yes, he indeed left a legacy .
A: I am fascinated with ancient folk tales and legends .
B: Yes, there are some wonderful stories that survived the ages.
A: This time, Sir, I have a legitimate excuse for being late, I was ill.
B: Do you have a doctor’s note to prove it?
A: Would you like a glass of lemonade ?
B: Oh, yes please, that sounds very refreshing.
A: Even though you have been naughty, I will be lenient just this one time.
B: Thanks, Mum, and I promise not to do it again.
A: Do you need anything from the shops?
B: Yes, I’d need to make a salad. Could you buy some lettuce please?
A: I can’t open the window.
B: Here is a stick, use it as a lever to force it open.
A: My boss never gives much leverage , I don’t think I’ll be able to get the day off work.
B: Oh, at least try one last time.
A: The government has increased the levy on imports.
B: By what percentage?
A: You are a liability around the house.
B: I’m not dangerous. I’m just energetic.
A: Lilies are my favourite kind of flower.
B: Oh, mine too!
A: I arrive to the ball by limousine .
B: Oh, I could not afford one, so I came by bus!
A: Sarah has a very limp handshake.
B: Yes, I don’t think that she is confident in herself.
A: Have you done linear equations in math class yet?
B: No, I think we cover them next year.
A: Is your shirt made from cotton or linen ?
B: I am not sure what kind of fabric it is.
A: I worked on a cruise liner for three months.
B: Sounds exotic, but I’m sure that it was hard work!
A: What would you like to do this morning?
B: Just linger in bed a while longer.
A: I had a problem learning how to speak correctly when I was a child.
B: Oh, I also had some linguistic problems.
A: Is that lipstick on your collar?
B: No, it is just tomato sauce, trust me!
A: What do you do in your spare time?
B: I’m involved in a literacy project, teaching kids how to read.
A: You should try to look beyond literal translations of the poem.
B: But it is too difficult for me.
A: You should not take everything that I say literally .
B: Well, you should be more direct.
A: My grandmother was the only literate girl in her family.
B: She was lucky to get an education.
A: Please put your litter in the bin.
B: Oh, I can’t see one.
A: The livestock on my farm are doing very well.
B: How many cows and sheep do you have in total?
A: Were you out in the sun?
B: Yes, I got burnt and I look like a lobster .
A: Are there any libraries in your locality ?
B: No, but there is one in the next town.
A: Oh no, I left my watch in the locker in the gym.
B: You better go back and get it.
A: I’m interested in early locomotive travel.
B: I have never really been interested in trains myself.
A: You have very lofty ideals.
B: No, I just have high expectations of myself.
A: My family has never enjoyed longevity .
B: But you are lucky, you are already 91!
A: What line of longitude are the Falkland Islands located on?
B: Not sure, you better check a map.
A: My grandmother made all her clothing on a loom .
B: Did she teach you how to use it?
A: What did you do with the stolen loot ?
B: I hid the money in a secret location.
A: My skin is too dry, it must be because of the hot weather.
B: Here is some lotion , rub it on to help.
A: Whether I win or lose is a lottery .
B: Are you sure there is nothing you can do to increase your chances of winning?
A: This is an unusual dish, what is the main ingredient?
B: It is made from lotus leaves.
A: They will announce the match results over the loudspeaker .
B: We had better pay more attention then.
A: Did you see my scarf, Dad?
B: Yes, it is the lounge , near the TV.
A: The brakes on my bike are not working.
B: Perhaps you need to lubricate them.
A: I just landed a new lucrative job.
B: Great, would you like to share some of your hard earned cash with me?
A: I had to close my shop. Business had lulled .
B: That is such a shame.
A: I will have to lumber a clearing in the forest.
B: Oh, are you sure it is necessary to cut down the trees?
A: The room was luminous with the light.
B: It must have looked beautiful, especially in the evening.
A: I’d like to make a lunar landing some day.
B: I’d also love to visit the moon.
A: Why did you move to the city?
B: I was lured by the bright lights.
A: You have a strong lust for power.
B: Yes, I consider myself ambitious.
vi. (after, for) 对．．．有强烈的欲望
A: Shakespeare wrote exceptional lyric poetry.
B: I agree, his work is amazing, Jack.
A: Has the case been closed yet?
B: No, the magistrate still needs to decide the outcome.
A: I am unable to read the small print in the book.
B: It seems you need to magnify it.
A: That was a terrible storm.
B: Indeed, but it is too early to determine the magnitude of the damage.
A: A young fair maiden like you shouldn’t be single.
B: That is because I am a young fair independent maiden.
A: You look majestic sitting on that high chair.
B: Yes, I am pretending to be the king!
A: Please cook me dinner now.
B: Yes, your majesty, I’m at your service.
A: Doctor, I traveled to Africa and I think I caught malaria.
B: Did you take any medicine as a precaution?
A: I hate you!
B: Why are you so full of malice?
A: I’m afraid that the test results have come back and your lump is malignant.
B: That means it’s serious, doesn’t it, doctor?
A: I’m going shopping in the mall this afternoon, want to join me?
B: No, thanks, I have plans already.
A: That child looks very unhealthy.
B: Yes, he does not have enough to eat. He is suffering from malnutrition.
A: What distinguishes mammals from other animals, teacher?
B: Mammals feed their young on milk.
A: I was able to park the car in one single maneuver.
B: Well done, you have improved.
A: Are you telling me you saw a ghost?
B: Yes, it manifested itself on me during the night.
A: I’m not able to untie this knot.
B: If you manipulate the knot a bit more you may be able to open it.
A: I just bought the new house.
B: That is too big to be a house. It is a mansion.
A: I discovered an ancient manuscript.
B: Are you going to donate it to the library?
A: What type of tree is that?
B: I think it is a maple
A: I really dislike Stephanie.
B: Don’t try to mar me with your negative impressions of her before I even meet her.
A: I’m getting a new fireplace installed.
B: Is it the marble one you had your eye on?
A: The mare is expecting her foal in three weeks.
B: Oh! I thought a mare was a male horse, silly me!
A: Did you do well in the exam, Sir?
B: Yes, you only made some marginal errors.
A: Have you ever smoked marijuana?
B: No, I have never tried drugs.
A: What is your marital status?
B: I am married.
A: I’m going to visit the maritime museum this afternoon.
B: I assume that it is the one by the sea.
A: It rained so much. My garden is like a marsh.
B: Don’t worry, it will dry out soon.
A: I was a marshal in the army for 11 years.
B: Gosh, that is a high rank, you must have worked hard to get there.
A: I read that the ancient Romans were martial people.
B: I’m not sure if they were inclined to war.
A: The sunset is amazing.
B: Yes, I am sitting here marveling at it right now.
vi. (at) 惊叹，赞佩
A: That girl looks particularly masculine.
B: Maybe it is because she lifts weights.
A: Shall I mash your potatoes?
B: No, thanks, I like them whole.
vt. (up) 把．．．捣成糊状
A: The soldiers massacred each other with gunfire during the war.
B: Do you know how many people were killed?
A: I had a wonderful body massage last night.
B: Was it painful?
A: What flag is that hoisted on the mast?
B: It is the national flag. Don’t you recognize it?
A: Your book is a masterpiece, well done.
B: Thanks, I hope that the publishers think so , too.
A: I would love to have a baby soon.
A: That sounds like your maternal instincts talking!
A: Did you put your money in the bank?
B: No, I hid it under the mattress.
A: I love walking in the meadows in spring.
B: Me too, the fields are best at that time of year.
A: My brothers are having a serious argument.
B: Are you going to mediate in the hope of solving it?
vi. (in, between) 调解，周旋
A: I visited several medieval castles while in France.
B: So that means they date from the Middle Ages, correct?
A: I try to practice meditation at least once a day.
B: Oh, I can never sit still for long periods.
A: Why are you looking so melancholy, Rory?
B: I just lost my job.
A: The atmosphere at the party was exceptionally mellow.
B: Yes, all the guests were very relaxed.
A: Sing along to this melody.
B: I would, but I haven’t a note in my head.
A: Would you like to try some melon?
B: I’d love to, is it sweet?
A: Does Kelly know where to meet us?
B: Yeah, I left a memo for her.
A: You have had such an interesting life, you should write your memoirs.
B: I’ve already started them.
A: Do we have to memorise the whole poem, Sir?
B: No, only the first two verses.
A: Get out from the kitchen, you are such a menace.
B: Sorry, I was only trying to help.
A: I do not understand Robin’s mentality.
B: Yeah, she has some strange ideas sometimes.
A: All of the merchandise in the shop is half price today.
B: Oh, let’s go in!
A: Be careful, there is mercury in the thermometer.
B: Don’t worry, I will be careful.
A: I think our ideas are beginning to merge.
B: I think that is because we have spent so much time together.
A: Can you bring this note to your Mum?
B: No, I am not your messenger.
A: This car is a little more expensive because of the metallic paint.
B: I think it is worth is though.
A: Now, please pick out the main metaphors in the poem.
B: Can you give us a clue, teacher?
A: You are very methodical.
B: I just like to be organized.
A: You were meticulous about the details of our trip.
B: I just wanted everything to go smoothly.
A: Shall we take the bus?
B: No, the metro will be quicker.
A: Did you report the crime?
B: Yeah, straight away to the metropolitan police.
A: You are a great violinist.
B: I agree, I think we have a star in our midst.
in the midst of １．在．．．之中；２．正当．．．的时候
A: I am making a film about migrant workers in the city.
B: That will be so interesting. I can’t wait to see it when it is finished.
A: These birds migrate south in the winter every year?
B: I’d like to go to warmer places also!
A: Even though this car is old, the mileage is not very high.
B: I shall buy it so.
A: A militant group of reformers attempted to overthrow the government.
B: Were they successful?
A: I want to be a millionaire some day.
B: Well, you will either have to win the Lottery or work very hard.
A: The flavours in this soup have mingled well.
B: Yes, it is delicious.
A: I bought a miniature house for my doll.
B: And when you are old enough you will be able to buy a normal sized one!
in miniature 小规模，小型
A: We will rent a minibus to take us to the match.
B: Are you sure we won’t all fit in a car?
A: Margaret, you always do the minimal amount of work.
B: Sorry, I will try harder from now on.
A: Shall I turn the computer off?
B: No just minimize the current screen.
A: Would you like a mint ?
B: No thanks, I have just brushed my teeth.
A: I’m surprised to see you so soon after your accident.
B: Yes, the doctors said I made a miraculous recovery.
A: I hope you are not up to mischief in there, Son.
B: No Dad, I’m only playing a video game.
A: My grandfather encountered a lot of misery during his lifetime.
B: Yes, I am glad that I was not born back them.
A: It rained heavily on my wedding day.
B: Oh, what a misfortune !
A: Aside from some slight misgivings , I think Mrs. Jones should have the job.
B: Actually I think she is perfect for it.
A: I was educated in South Africa by some missionaries .
B: Oh, what country were they from?
A: I think David has a mistress .
B: No, he is happily married.
A: But I don’t want to do the washing up.
B: The sooner you stop moaning , the quicker it will get done.