第12课:顶尖高手 ACT 2-2 他怎么了?

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《走遍美国》是一套生活化美语教材,内容以住在纽约州的里弗代尔镇林登大街46号的Stewart一家三代人的生活为中心展开,内容涉及美国各地风土人情、社会生活的许多方面。这个幸福温馨的家庭是千百万美国白人中产者家庭的缩影。

 

【故事梗概】

Susan在自己的老板John Marchetta的办公室里,鼓足勇气请老板给Grandpa一个工作的机会。另她有些出乎意料的是,John Marchetta先生立即就答应让Grandpa明天来面试。

 

【对话】

Marchetta: Now, how's the Stewart family?
Susan: Fine, thank you, Mr. Marchetta. Except for my grandfather.
Marchetta: What's wrong, Susan? What's wrong with him?
Susan: He needs to work. In fact, that is the reason why I'm here to see you. I know you're building a new factory, and I thought…maybe …my grandfather is so experienced in the construction trade, he could be so valuable.
Marchetta: Tel him to come and see me at ten o'clock tomorrow morning. I have an idea that may solve the problem for him and help a lot of other people.
Susan: Really, Mr. Marchetta? Can I tell him that?
Marchetta: Sure can. Ten o'clock in the morning. Here.
Susan: Oh, thank you!

 

【语言点精讲】

1. How's the Stewart family?
Stewart全家人还好吗?这里动词用单数is,因为family是集体名词,表示全家人作为一个整体。

2. Except for my grandfather.
这句话是“Everyone is fine except for my grandfather.”的省略。
except for: 除……之外。指若不计被除掉的这一点,其它方面都符合主句的断言。

3. What's wrong, Susan? What's wrong with him?
怎么了,Susan?他怎么了?
向对方表示关怀,询问对方遇到什么麻烦了、有什么困难,可以有多种表达方式。如:
What's wrong?
What's the problem?
There is something on your mind.
Something's bothering you.
What's the matter?
Is anything/something wrong?

4. In fact, that is the reason why I'm here to see you.
事实上,我就是为这事来见你的。
the reason why … : …的原因,…的理由。也可以说the reason that或者the reason for.

5. My grandfather is so experienced in the construction trade, he could be so valuable.
so experienced in the construction trade: 在建筑行业很有经验。trade除“贸易,交换”以外,还有“行业,手艺”的意思,因此有 the construction trade的说法。
valuable:有价值的,有用的。注意以下几个词的意思: invaluable(无价的;非常贵重的),valueless(无价值的;不值钱的),unvalued(不受重视的), valued(重要的;宝贵的)。

6. Sure can.
当然可以。是一种非正式用法。