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 extraordinarily similar.
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.
● n. 美洲狮
jaguar [‘dʒæɡjʊə(r)] 美洲虎（Jaguar为车辆品牌，译为捷豹）
leopard [‘lepəd] 豹；美洲豹，金钱豹；
leopard pattern 豹纹
● n. 现场
The police is on the spot
scenic spot [ˈsi:nɪk spɔt] 景点
● n. 斑点
The leopard cannot change its spot.
● v. 发现
He spotted his friend in the crowd.
spot sb. doing sth.
● n. 证据（不可数）
There wasn’t enough evidence to prove his guilty.
● v. 证明
His answer evidenced his shame.
She accumulated a fortune by investing wisely.
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
An idea came to her that she might do the experiment in another way.
I have no idea what has happened to him。
take sth.seriously :deal with sth.seriously
声称曾经做过某事：claim to have done sth.
I still remember the school where I studied English.
confirm: be sure,be certain
complain of /about 抱怨
on + 名词：强调动作正在进行
on the rise :在上升
on the increase: 在增加
on the watch: 在观看
on the match: 在比赛中
on the fishing trip: 在钓鱼的途中
on holiday: 在度假
in the possession of sb.=in sb.’s possession 归某人所有
in possession of sth. 拥有某物
take possession of 拥有
The beautiful car is in my possession/in the possession of me
I am in possession of the beautiful car
The person in possession of the big house is excited.
It is disturbing to think that…
take something seriously
in the possession of/in possession of
feel obliged to investigate
a woman picking blackberries
a businessman on fishing trip
go on for several weeks
in the quiet countryside
Multiple choice questions 多项选择
in common adv.共有 （替换了similar）
persuade v.说服, 劝说
make somebody do（在主动语态中 的符号to应该省略）
be made to do（ 中不定式的符号to必须补充完整）
– They made her wait for hours. She was made to wait for hours.
5… 答案正确： D?
A）把say改成claim就对了 （– People claimed to have seen the puma.）
原句中的 表示：－…就…（as soon as）
被动：On being observed, it immediately ran away.
主动：On observing her, it immediately ran away.
On seeing me, he waved to me.
unless = if…not = except on the condition that…
when = if
– …except when they are cornered. = …except if they are cornered.
– Whenever you come, you are welcome. = If ever you come, you are welcome.
A）must be只是对客观现实的推测， 不一致
– 对于过去事实推测一定要用：情态动词+ have +过去分词
on more than = nothing more than = only / within = not more than
in a corner 偷偷摸摸地, 暗中地, 秘密地
in a trap 落于陷阱中
at an angle 不正的, 倾斜的（angle n.角, 角度, 角落, 墙角, 棱角）
under cover 在遮蔽处, 秘密地, 暗中
fishes for pleasure 钓鱼消遣
travel for pleasure 外出游玩
read for pleasure 阅读消遣
on one’s own adv.独自地, 独立地, 主动地 （= alone）
for one’s own benefit 为了某人自己的利益。