As the man tried to swing the speedboat round, the steering wheel came away in his hands. He waved desperately to his companion, who had been water skiing for the last fifteen minutes. Both men had hardly had time to realize what was happening when they were thrown violently into the sea. The speedboat had struck a buoy, but it continued to move very quickly across the water. Both men had just begun to swim towards the shore, when they noticed with dismay that the speedboat was moving in a circle. It now came straight towards them at tremendous speed. In less than a minute, it roared past them only a few feet away. After it had passed, they swam on as quickly as they could because they knew that the boat would soon return. They had just had enough time to swim out of danger when the boat again completed a circle. On this occasion, however, it had slowed down considerably. The petrol had nearly all been used up. Before long, the noise dropped completely and the boat began to drift gently across the water.
1．Out of control，（标题）失控。
We are out of bread.
Tony walked so fast that he was soon out of sight.
He has been out of work for two months.
The plane got out of control and crashed in the mountains.
2．…the steering wheel came away in his hands.……方向盘脱手了。
When I tried to lift the suitcase, the handle came away.当我试图提起手提箱时，把手掉了下来。
3．Both men had hardly had time to realize what was happening when they were thrown violently into the sea.他们两个还没来得及意识到究竟发生了什么事情，就被猛地抛入了海里。
4．they swam on as quickly as they could, 他们以最快的速度向前游去。
Walk on along this road for ten minutes and you'll see the railway station.
I think he saw me, but he just marched on.
5．They had just had enough time to swim out of danger when the boat again completed a circle. 他们刚刚来得及游出危险区，快艇就又转究了一圈。
Jim had just left when you rang.
The patient had just died when the doctor arrived.
6．The petrol had nearly all been used up. 汽油几乎已经用光。
They have just bought a house and a car. They must have used up all their money.
The child soon ate up the cake.
She burned up all his letters.
Can you read up the book in two hours?
7．Before long, the noise dropped completely…
When he saw that Mary was annoyed, his voice dropped.
We had to stay at home before the wind had dropped.
swing v. 转向
speedboat n. 快艇
desperately adv. 绝望地
companion n. 同伙，伙伴
water ski （由快艇牵引水橇）滑水
buoy n. 浮标
dismay n. 沮丧
tremendous adj. 巨大的
petrol n. 汽油
drift v. 漂动，漂流
gently adv. 缓慢地，轻轻地
1．swing vt. , vi.
He can't stand those who swing their legs while eating.
She tried to swing the baby to sleep.
The man tried to swing the speedboat round.
He swung round and looked at the two men.
I'm old enough to know what I'm doing.
We haven't got enough time/chairs.
I didn't arrive at the station early enough.
They had just had enough time to swim out of danger.
The water in the pool is fairly warm, but not warm enough to swim in.
He is fairly quick, but not quick enough to take part in the race.
A What happened: tried (1.1); came away (1.2); waved (1.2); were thrown (11.4-5); continued to move (1.6); noticed (1.7); came straight towards (11.8-9); roared past (1.9); swam on (1.10); knew (1.10); (1.11);dropped (1.13); began to drift (1.13)
What had happened: had hardly had (1.4); had struck (1.5); had just begun (11.6-7); had passed (1.10); had just had (1.11); had slowed down (1.12); had nearly all been used up (1.12)
What had been happening: had been water skiing (1.4)
1 fairly…enough 2 fairly 3 enough 4 enough 5 enough
1b 2c 3a 4b 5b 6b
7d 8c 9a 10b 11b 12c