Perhaps the most extraordinary building of the nineteeth century was the Crystal Palace, which was built in Hyde Park for the Great Exhibition of 1851. The Crystal Palace was different from all other buildings in the world, for it was made of iron and glass. It was one of the biggest buildings of all time and a lot of people from many countries came to see it. A great many goods were sent to the exhibition from various parts of the world. There was also a great deal of machinery on display. The most wonderful piece of machinery on show was Nasmyth's steam hammer. Though in those days, traveling was not as easy as it is today, steam boats carried thousands of visitors across the Channel from Europe. On arriving in England, they were taken to the Crystal Palace by train. There were six million visitors in all, and the profits from the exhibition were used to build museums and colleges. Later, the Crystal Palace was moved to South London. It remained one of the most famous buildings in the world until it was burnt down in 1936.
课文详注 Further notes on the text
1． which was built in Hyde Park…
这是一个非限定性关系从句，修饰逗号前的 the Crystal Palace。
2．It was one of the biggest buildings of all time…它是有史以来最高大的建筑物之一……
of all time表示“有史以来”、“空前的”，常与形容词的最高级连
He is one of the greatest men of all time.
3．There was also a great deal of machinery on display. 参展的还有很多机器。
（1）machinery为“机器”、“机械装置”的总称，是集合名词，要与单数动词搭配。某个具体的机器可用 machine或者 a piece of machinery来表示：
This is a wonderful piece of machinery/a wonderful machine.
There is a lot of new machinery/There are many new machines in our factory.
（2）on display与下面一句话中的 on show同义，都表示“陈列着”、“展示着”，在句子中可以作状语、定语或表语等：
At the Great Exhibition, a great many goods were on display/show.
This is the best dress on display/show.
Shall we put all these flowers on display/show?
4． There were six million visitors in all…参观的人数总共是 600 万……
I paid him ￡ 200 in all.
At the wedding were over 100 people in all.
5. It remained one of the most famous buildings in the world…它
Why did you remain silent/quiet at the dinner party?
They all remained standing while the manager talked.
palace n. 宫殿
extraordinary adj. 不平常的，非凡的
exhibition n. 展览
iron n. 铁
various adj. 各种各样的
machinery n. 机器
display n. 展览
steam n. 蒸汽
profit n. 利润
college n. 学院
Stores haven't made as much profit as usual this year.
The profits from the exhibition were used to build museums and colleges.
I have profited much from your advice/this book/living abroad.
（1）on business,因公（与 for pleasure相对）：
Last month he went to New York on business and had little time to visit friends.
（2）on foot,步行（与by bus, by car, by air等相对）：
I usually go to work by car, but this morning I went on foot.
It was Sunday and there was only one doctor on duty.
（4）on the whole,总的看来，总的来说，大体上：
On the whole, he is a hard-working student.
Soon the whole building was on fire.
（6）on purpose，故意地，有意地，特意地（与by chance相对）：
They have come here on purpose to see you．
She broke the vase on purpose．
（7）on the average，平均，通常：
On the average, he works more than ten hours a day．
（8）on any account，无论如何，不管怎么说（通常用于否定句）：
Do not interrupt him on any account．
（9）on second thought（s），经重新考虑后（thought用单数或复数均可）：
I intended to go to the party, but on second thought(s), I decided to stay at home．
A the most extraordinary building of the nineteenth century (1.1); one of the biggest buildings of all time (11.4-5), The most wonderful piece of machinery on show (11.8-9); travelling was not as easy as it is today (1.9); one of the most famous buildings in the world (1.13)
1 on duty 2 on second thoughts 3 on purpose
4 on foot 5 on the whole 6 on any account
7 On the average
1c 2b 3d 4a 5d 6c
7a 8d 9c 10c 11d 12b