I have just received a letter from my old school, informing me that my former headmaster, Mr. Stuart Page, will be retiring next week. Pupils of the school, old and new, will be sending him a present to mark the occasion. All those who have contributed towards the gift will sign their names in a large album which will be sent to the headmaster's home. We shall all remember Mr. Page for his patience and understanding and for the kindly encouragement he gave us when we went so unwillingly to school. A great many former pupils will be attending a farewell dinner in his honour next Thursday. It is a curious coincidence that the day before his retirement, Mr. Page will have been teaching for a total of forty years. After he has retired, he will devote himself to gardening. For him, this will be an entirely new hobby. But this does not matter, for, as he has often remarked, one is never too old to learn.
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1．Pupils of the school, old and new, will be sending him a present to mark the occasion.为了纪念这个日子，学校的学生——无论老同学还是新闻学——将送他一件礼物。
（1）old and new为pupils的非限定性定语，因为有逗号把它与句子的其他成分隔开，并且去掉它对句子的意义影响不大。有时这种两个连用的形容词（或分词）相当于状语，这时它可以位于句子中间，也可以位于句首：
The workers, thirsty and tired, took a rest under the trees.
工人们又渴又累，在树底下休息了一会儿。（thirsty and tired可以换到句首，相当于状语）
The villagers here, young and old, are interested in gardening.
He marked all the foods which were forbidden with a red pencil.
2．All those who have contributed towards the gift will sign their names in a large album…所有凑钱买此礼品的人都将把自己的名字签在一本大签名簿上……
Before his death, he contributed a large sum of money to the church.
A few of us contributed towards Mary's present on her birthday.
She has just received a beautiful birthday present.
He made a gift of ￡ 60, 000 to his old school.
3．We shall all remember Mr. Page for his patience and understanding and for the kindly encouragement he gave us when we went so unwillingly to school. 我们不会忘记佩奇先生对我们既有耐心又充满理解，也不会忘记在我们不愿去上学时他给予我们的亲切鼓励。
（1）这个长句子的主要框架是remember sb. for stb．（因某事记住某人），介词for有3个并列宾语：patience，understanding和encouragement，最后这个宾语又带有自己的定语从句，定语从句又有自己的时间状语从句。for后面跟的可以是某人的品德、特征等：
Jeremy is remembered for his great sense of humour.
She gave me a kindly smile.
Dan kindly invited us to lunch yesterday.
I greeted her and she smiled kindly.
This new cheese is so good!
You are so kind!
4．a farewell dinner in his honour, 为他举行的告别宴会。
He said farewell to his mother and got on the plane.
When Frank retired, they held a farewell party.
（2）in sb.'s honour作定语，表示“为向某人表示敬意”、“为纪念某人”等，也可以说in honour of sb．：
Many people attended the party in honour of the new manager.
This is a farewell performance in her honour.
5．a total of，总共。
The money she spent on the dinner party reached a total of ￡ 200．
6．devote oneself to，致力于，献身于，专心于。
Mary devotes herself to helping the poor.
As a boy, Jim devoted himself to tennis.
inform v. 告诉，通知
headmaster n. 校长
contribute v. 捐助，援助
gift n. 礼物，赠品
album n. 签名簿，相册
patience n. 耐心
encouragement n. 鼓励
farewell n. 告别
honour n. 敬意
coincidence n. 巧合
total n. 总数
devote v. 致力于
gardening n. 园艺
hobby n. 爱好，嗜好
Who informed you about/of this?
He was informed that he would receive an extra thousand pounds a year.
He used to inform against his classmates.
Several people have informed on him.
He's too weak to lift the box.
He isn't strong enough to lift the box.
He is too heavy for me to lift.
The pear is ripe enough for me to eat.
1 This car is too expensive to buy. This car is too expensive for me to buy.
2 This car is cheap enough to buy. This car is cheap enough for me to buy.
3 The tea is too hot to drink. The tea is too hot for me to drink.
4 This piece of music is too difficult to play. This piece of music is too difficult for me to play.
5 This piece is easy enough to play. This piece is easy enough for me to play.
1d 2d 3b 4a 5b 6a
7b 8d 9b 10b 11d 12c