Dentists always ask questions when it is impossible for you to answer. My dentist had just pulled out one of my teeth and had told me to rest for a while. I tried to say something, but my mouth was full of cotton wool. He knew I collected match boxes and asked me whether my collection was growing. He then asked me how my brother was and whether I liked my new job in London. In answer to these questions I either nodded or made strange noises. Meanwhile, my tongue was busy searching out the hole where the tooth had been. I suddenly felt very worried, but could not say anything. When the dentist at last removed the cotton wool from my mouth, I was able to tell him that he had pulled out the wrong tooth.
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1．Dentists always ask questions when it is impossible for you to answer. 牙科医生们总是在你无法作出回答的时候向你提出问题。
It is not hard for you to help them.
It was a mistake for me to come to the party.
It is impossible for him to help you.
It is impossible that he will help you.
2．In answer to these questions I either nodded or made strange noises. 作为对这些问题的回答，我不是点头，就是发出奇怪的声音。
（1）in answer to为固定短语，在这里表示“作为对……的回答”：
In answer to my question, Dan shook his head.
In answer to my request, he wrote a letter to George.
（2）made strange noises, 发出奇怪的声音。“我”并不是有意发出这些声音，而是因为嘴里有药棉，又想回答医生的话造成的。
3．Meanwhile, my tongue was busy searching out the hole where the tooth had been. 与此同时，我的舌头正在忙着寻找刚拔掉的那颗牙的伤口。
He won't come until ten o'clock. Meanwhile you can have a rest.
Mary was talking to me about her new dress. Meanwhile I was thinking about something else.
Have you searched out the books I needed?
（3）where the tooth had been用的是过去完成时，因为在描述这件事的时候那颗牙已经不在了。牙齿尚在的时间是“过去的过去”。
4．When the dentist at last removed the cotton wool from my mouth…
I've removed that picture from the wall.
Please remove your hat.
pull v. 拔
cotton wool 药棉
collect v. 搜集
collection n. 收藏品，收集品
nod v. 点头
meanwhile adv. 同时
在第36～45课的语法中，我们学习了用 going to表示意图、打算或不久即将发生的事；学习了用将来完成时表示到将来某一时刻已经完成的动作；学习了与过去完成时经常连用的连词no sooner…than，hardly… when以及 before；学习了间接疑问句、第2类条件句；学习了表示“必要”、“不必要”的情态助动词must，have（got）to和need；学习了 have+ 名词代替普通动词，can与 be able to的区别和过去完成时中的被动语态。注意以下句子：
Are you going to visit Old Delhi?
I would if I could, but I can't afford it.
Did you speak to the manager?
He didn't come, so I didn't have to speak to him after all.
他没来，所以我终究没有必要和他谈。（ have to用于过去时表示必要）
I've called a taxi.
You needn't have done that! I'd already called one.
He had no sooner returned than he bought a house.
By the end of next year, they will have finished work on the new stadium.
He asked if/ whether Mr. Gilbert' s operation had been successful.
We had a long walk through one of the markets of Old Delhi.
我们穿过旧德里的一个市场时走了很长一段路。（had a walk = walked）
The plane was then able to rise.
于是飞机可以上升了。（表示成功地完成过去某一动作时只能用 be able to，不用 could）
The wallet had been wrapped up in newspaper and it contained half the money he had lost.
A 1 which 2 denied 3 fetched
4 too 5 jobs 6 One…a…who
7 past 8 next 9 watching
10 continually 11 remarked 12 robbed
B (sample sentences)
I'm sorry to cause you such trouble.
Have you ever seen such beautiful pictures before? It's such a nice day that we can't stay indoors!
I'm feeling so tired that I shall have to stop work.
C 1 He had no sooner come home than they rang him up from the office.
2 The plane had no sooner taken off than it returned to the airport.
D 1 made 2 do 3 make 4 do 5 Do 6 make 7 made8 does
E 1 out 2 up 3 up 4 up…away 5 up 6 out 7 back 8 up with 9 up with
F (sample sentences)
If you don't stop that noise at once, you'll have to go to bed. I'm at a loss to know what to do.
It's stopped raining at last!
He's very busy and can't accept any more work at present. I'll be at home tonight.
1c 2b 3c 4b 5a 6c
7b 8 b 9 d 10 a 11b 12 c