'At the time the murder was committed, I was travelling on the 8 o'clock train to London,' said the man.
'Do you always catch such an early train?' asked the inspector.
'Of course I do,' answered the man. 'I must be at work at 10 o'clock. My employer will confirm that I was there on time.'
'Would a later train get you to work on time?' asked the inspector.
'I suppose it would, but I never catch a later train.'
'At what time did you arrive at the station?'
'At ten to eight. I bought a paper and waited for the train.'
'And you didn't notice anything unusual?'
'Of course not.'
'I suggest,' said the inspector, 'that you are not telling the truth. I suggest that you did not catch the 8 o'clock train, but that you caught the 8.25 which would still get you to work on time. You see, on the morning of the murder, the 8 o'clock train did not run at all. It broke down at Ferngreen station and was taken off the line.'
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1．A perfect alibi，（标题）极好的不在犯罪现场的证据。
Ian had an alibi/alibis for that morning.
2．…I was there on time.……
on time为固定短语，表示“准时”、“按时”（注意它与in time的区别）：
Can you arrive on time?
Tom is never on time. He always keeps other people waiting.
3．And you didn't notice anything unusual? 您没有注意到有什么异常情况发生吗？
This is something special.
This isn't anything important.
I'd like something cheaper.
4．I suggest…that you are not telling the truth. 我提醒您……您讲的不是实话。
I suggest that he is not so honest as he looks.
I suggest that the car crash was not accidental.
5．You see, on the morning of the murder, the 8 o'clock train did not run at all. 您看，在凶杀发生的那天早晨，8点钟的那次车根本没有发。
He was not really interested in the film, you see.
My leg isn't all right yet, you see, so I can't climb the hill with you.
Buses run every ten minutes here.
This ship runs between Dover and Calais.
alibi n. 不在犯罪现场
commit v. 犯（罪、错）
inspector n. 探长
employer n. 雇主
confirm v. 确认，证实
suggest v. 提醒
truth n. 真相
A murder was committed at 8 o'clock this morning.
He has never committed any crime before.
You should know each other better before committing yourselves to marriage.
He has committed his friend to taking part in the race.
My employer will confirm that I was there on time.
His words are confirmed.
His experiences in that company confirmed his decision to have a factory of his own.
What he saw and heard that night confirmed his belief that the pub was haunted.
A The man said that he was travelling on the eight o'clock train to London at the time the murder was committed. The inspector asked him if he always caught such an early train. The man said that he did because he had to be at work at ten o'clock, and that his employer would confirm that he was there on time. The inspector then asked him if a later train would get him to work on time. The man supposed that it would, but said that he never caught a later train. The inspector asked at what time he had arrived at the station. The man said that he had arrived at the station at ten to eight. He added that he had bought a paper and waited for the train. When the inspector asked him if he had noticed anything unusual, the man said he hadn't. The inspector suggested that he was not telling the truth and that he did not catch the eight o'clock train, but (caught) the eight twenty-five, which would still get him to work on time. The inspector pointed out that on the morning of the murder, the eight o'clock train did not run at all, as it had broken down at Ferngreen station and had been taken off the line.
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