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新视野大学英语读写教程第3册语言点(Unit 7)  

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Section A

1. I turned out to have been right.

Meaning: I was right in the end.

turn out: happen to be, or prove to be

e.g. As it turned out, there was no need to worry.

后来证明原本没有必要担心。

2. Without a doubt, Bill Gates belongs in the same class as Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and other great minds who changed the world.

mind someone who is very intelligent

e.g. Great minds think alike.

英雄所见略同。

3. Indeed, his classification into any other rank than this
would seriously understate his impact on the world.

Meaning: To rank Bill Gates into any other group would make his influence on the world appear less important.

的确,将他划入任何其他行列,都可能大大淡化他对世界的影响。

understate: say that something is less important, serious, etc. than it really is.

 e.g. The report understates the seriousness of the situation.

该报告没有充分体现形势的严峻性。

4. Gates’ success stems from his personality: an unbelievable and at times frightening blend of high-voltage brilliance, drive and competitiveness.

Meaning: Gate’s success comes from his personality: He is intelligent, energetic and competitive to an believable and sometimes shocking degree.

盖茨的成功源自他的人格:他才华横溢、冲劲十足、争强好胜,这些加在一起令人难以置信,有时甚至令人畏惧。

5. Conservation of time, energy, and focus are his hallmarks.

Meaning: What distinguishes Bill Gates from others is his careful use of time, energy and his devotion to the job he’s doing.

hallmark: a quality that is typical of a particular person or thing.

e.g. Urbanization is a hallmark of a developing economy.

然而,城市化是经济发展的标志之一。

c.f. landmark []陆标;地标;界标;里程碑;纪念碑;地界标;划时代的事

e.g. Eiffel Tower is a landmark of Paris.

埃菲尔铁塔是巴黎的标志性建筑。

6. Always punctual and always in high gear, he typically leaves only the tiniest cracks in the day for eating, talking to friends or recreation.

MeaningGates is always on time and always energetic in work. And usually has little time for eating, talking to friends or reception.

他总是准时,总是处于高速运转状态,他习惯利用白天的点滴空闲进餐、与朋友交谈或娱乐。

in high gear: doing sth. With great effort or energy

e.g. Every time you see him at work, she is in high gear.

每一次在工作场合见到她,她都在努力工作。

7. … and in the interest of time, he never checks his baggage.

Meaning: …and in order to save time, he takes only carry-on luggage to avoid checking his baggage.

in the interest of: in order to achieve or protect sth. ; for the sake of  为了

e.g. In the interest of safety, please fasten your seat belt.

为安全起见,请系上安全带。

8. Every decision he makes is based on his knowledge of its merits.

Meaning: He based his decisions on his knowledge of what good the decisions will do for Microsoft.

9. …he has been deadly for competitors trying to claw their way into the market.

Meaning: He has beaten all the competitors who try to move into his market.

他一直是那些企图挤进这个市场的竞争对手的死敌。

Claw one’s way : try very hard to reach a place or position, using a lot of effort and determination  艰难地走到某处

e.g. He clawed his way forward inch by inch.

他一步一步往前爬。 

10. It was their intense relationship—Gates the workaholic code writer and competitor, Allen the dreamy laid the first brick in foundation of Microsoft.

盖茨是个勤奋的编码者和竞争对手,而艾伦却是个充满幻想的梦想家,正是他们的这种密切关系给微软垫定了第一块砖。

 

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