We have all experienced days when everything goes wrong. A day may begin well enough, but suddenly everything seems to get out of control. What invariably happens is that a great number of things choose to go wrong at precisely the same moment. It is as if a single unimportant event set up a chain of reactions. Let us suppose that you are preparing a meal and keeping an eye on the baby at the same time. The telephone rings and this marks the prelude to an unforeseen series of catastrophes. While you are on the phone, the baby pulls the tablecloth off the table, smashing half your best crockery and cutting himself in the process. You hang up hurriedly and attend to baby, crockery, etc. Meanwhile, the meal gets burnt. As if this were not enough to reduce you to tears, your husband arrives, unexpectedly bringing three guests to dinner.
Things can go wrong on a big scale, as a number of people recently discovered in Parramatta, a suburb of Sydney. During the rush hour one evening two cars collided and both drivers began to argue. The woman immediately behind the two cars happened to be a learner. She suddenly got into a panic and stopped her car. This made the driver following her brake hard. His wife was sitting beside him holding a large cake. As she was thrown forward, the cake went right through the windscreen and landed on the road. Seeing a cake flying through the air, a lorry driver who was drawing up alongside the car, pulled up all of a sudden. The lorry was loaded with empty beer bottles and hundreds of them slid off the back of the vehicle and on to the road. This led to yet another angry argument. Meanwhile, the traffic piled up behind. It took the police nearly an hour to get the traffic on the move again. In the meantime, the lorry driver had to sweep up hundreds of broken bottles. Only two stray dogs benefited from all this confusion, for they greedily devoured what was left of the cake. It was just one of those days!
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1、We have all experienced days when everything goes wrong .
2、A day may begin well enough, but suddenly everything seems to get out of control.
everything seems to get out of control = everything seems to be uncontrollable / beyond control
3、What invariably happens is that a great number of things choose to go wrong at precisely the same moment.
invariably = always
precisely = exactly
4、It is as if a single unimportant event set up a chain of reactions.
it is/ seems / looks as if
What set up the accident / trouble?（set up = cause）
set up a world record（set up = create）
5、Let us suppose that you are preparing a meal and keeping an eye on the baby at the same time.
keep an eye on the baby：照料孩子(keep an eye on = look after = take care of)
keep one's eyes open 睁大眼睛
have an eye to （注意后面一定跟介词to搭配）
keep an eye to the baby = keep one's eyes on the baby
eye for eye：以牙还牙
have eyes only for 只要，只爱
look sb. in the eyes两眼直视某人
eye to eye with sb.与某人看法完全一致
turn a blind eye to sth.对...视而不见
make eyes at sb.含情脉脉地看着某人
6、While you are on the phone, the baby pulls the table-cloth off the table, smashing half your best crockery and cutting himself in the process.
on the phone = answer the phone
in the process：在这个过程中
pull off 拉下来
pick off 取下来
knock off 碰落下来
7、You hang up hurriedly and attend to baby, crockery, etc.
hang up = put on the receiver 挂断电话
attend to = look after = deal with 照顾，处理
Please attend to my baby.
Excuse me, I have something urgent to attend to.
8、As if this were not enough to reduce you to tears, your husband arrives, unexpectedly bringing three guests to dinner.
reduce you to tears 迫使你流下眼泪
You almost reduce me to tears.
His comforting words almost reduced his wife to tears.
His answer almost reduced me to silence.
The bomb reduced to the city to ruins.
9、Things can go wrong on a big scale as a number of people recently discovered in Parramatta,a suburb of Sydney.
on a big scale = to a great degree = to great extent
eg: As we expected, John was admitted to the university. John
She married him, which was unexpected.
She married him as was unexpected.
She married him as unexpected. （was省略）
The material is elastic as shown in the figure.
(在这种情况下，shown之前省略了谓语动词，这时就不能把as换成which . 如果要用which则要补上谓语动词)
The material is elastic, which is shown in the figure.
10、The woman immediately behind the two cars happened to be a learner.
= it happened that the woman behind the two cars was a learner.
I happen to hear the news .
It happened that I heard about it the day before yesterday.
11、This made the driver following her brake hard.
12、Seeing a cake flying through the air, a lorry-driver who was drawing up alongside the car,pulled up all of a sudden.
draw up = pull up 停车
all of sudden = suddenly
13、The lorry was loaded with empty beer bottles and hundreds of them slid off the back of the vehicle and on to the road.
was loaded with = was filled with
14、It took the police nearly an hour to get the traffic on the move again.
get the traffic on the move 使得车辆开动起来
on the move = move from place to place on 在移动之中
on the rise
on the boil
on the go
on the watch
on the turn
on the run
on the fly
on the increase
on the decrease
slide (slid, slid)
1c 2b 3a 4b 5d 6a 7a 8c 9c 10b 11a 12d