If anyone had told me three years ago that I would be spending most of my weekends camping. I would have laughed heartily. Campers, in my eyes, were people who enjoyed insect bites, ill-cooked meals, and uncomfortable sleeping bags. They had nothing in common with me.①.
The friends who introduced me to camping thought that it meant to be a pioneer. ②We sleep in a tent, cooked over an open fire, and walked a long distance to take the shower and use the bathroom. This brief visit with Mother Nature cost me two days off from work, recovering from a bad case of sunburn and the doctor’s bill for my son’s food poisoning.
I was, nevertheless, talked into going on another fun-filled holiday in the wilderness. ③Instead, we had a pop-up camper with comfortable beds and an air conditioner. My nature-loving friends had remembered to bring all the necessities of life.
④We have done a lot of it since. Recently, we bought a twenty-eight-foot travel trailer complete with a bathroom and a built-in TV set. There is a separate bedroom, a modern kitchen with a refrigerator. The trailer even has matching carpet and curtains.
⑤It must be true that sooner or later, everyone finds his or her way back to nature. I recommend that you find your way in style.
A.This time there was no tent.
B.Things are going to be improved.
C.The trip they took me on was a rough one.
D.I was to learn a lot about camping since then, however.
E.I must say that I have certainly come to enjoy camping.
F. After the trip, my family became quite interested in camping.
G. There was no shade as the trees were no more than 3 feet tall.
根据短文内容,从短文后的选项中选出能填入空白处的最佳选项,选项中有两项为多余选项。 Ali is from a Middle Eastern country. He now stays in the USA. He smokes a lot of cigarettes every day. He has smoked for nine years. Ali says, “ I tried to quit (放弃) smoking in my hometown, but it was impossible. My parents smoke. My brothers smoke. All my friends smoke. At parties and at meetings, almost all the men smoke. Here in the United States, not as many people smoke. ①" Many smokers are like Ali: they want to stop smoking. ②They know it can cause cancer and heart disease. But it is difficult for them to give up smoking because cigarettes have a drug in them. The drug is nicotine(尼古丁). People who smoke a lot need nicotine. ③The nicotine makes him sick. In a few days, the smoker’s body is used to the nicotine, and he feels fine. Later, the smoker needs nicotine to keep feeling fine. Without nicotine, he feels bad. ④Many people who quit will soon smoke again. At a party or at work they will decide to smoke “just one” cigarette. Then they will smoke another cigarette, and another. Soon they become smokers again. ⑤ A. It is very hard to quit smoking. B. Thus nicotine makes smokers addicted to cigarettes. C. It will be easier to change the smoking habit here. D. But it is said that medicine is needed to stop them from smoking. E. When a person first begins to smoke, he usually feels terrible. F. Maybe there is only one easy way to quit smoking: never start. G. The smokers know that smoking is bad for their health.
I was ten when I first sat with my grandmother behind the cashier(收银台) in her general store. ①I quickly learned the importance of treating customers politely and saying “thank you.” At first I was paid in candy. ②I worked every day after school, and during the summer and on weekends and holidays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. My father helped me set up a bank account.③ By the time I was 12, my grandmother thought I had done such a good job that she promoted me to selling cosmetics(化妆品). I developed the ability to look customers directly in the eye. Even though I was just a kid, women would ask me such things as “What color do you think I should wear?” I took a real interest in their questions and was able to translate what they wanted into makeup(化妆) ideas. ④ The job taught me a valuable lesson: to be a successful salesperson, you didn’t need to be a rocket scientist—you needed to be a great listener. ⑤Expect they are no longer women buying cosmetics from me; instead, they are kids who tell me which toys they would like to see designed and developed. A. Later I received 50 cents an hour. B. Before long, she let me sit there by myself. C. I ended my selling a record amount of cosmetics. D. Today I still carry that lesson with me: I listen to customers. E. My grandma’s trust taught me how to handle responsibility. F. Soon I found myself looking more beautiful than ever before. G. Watching my money grow was more rewarding/worthy than anything I could have bought.
My teenage son Karl became withdrawn after his father died. As a single parent, I tried to do my best to talk to him. ① When his report card arrived during his junior year, it said that he had been absent 95 times from classes and had six falling grades for the year. In this way he would never graduate. I sent him to the school adviser, and I even begged him. Nothing worked.One night I felt so powerless. ②and asked God for help.“Please God, I can't do anything more for my son. I'm at the end of my hope. I'm giving the whole thing up to you.”
I was at work when I got a phone call. A man introduced himself as the headmaster. “I want to talk to you about Karl’s absences.” ③, I choked up (哽咽) and all my disappointment and sadness over Karl came pouring out into the ears of this stranger. “I love my son, but I just don’t know what to do. I've tried everything to get Karl to go back to school ④. It's out of my hands.” For a moment there was silence on the other end of the line. The headmaster seriously said, “Thank you for your time”, and hung up.
Karl’s next report card showed a marked improvement in his grades. Finally, he was even on the list of the best students at school. In his fourth year, I attended a parent teacher meeting with Karl. I noticed that his teachers were surprised at the way he had turned himself around. On our way home, he said, “Mum, remember that call from the headmaster last year?" I nodded. “That was me. I thought I'd play a joke but when I heard what you said, ⑤. That’s when I knew I had to make you proud.”
Are you facing a situation that looks impossible to fix? In 1969, the pollution was terrible along the Cuyahoga River near Cleveland, Ohio. It(be) unimaginable that it could ever be cleaned up. The river was so polluted that it(actual) caught fire and burned. Now, years later, this river is one of most outstanding examples of environmental cleanup. But the river wasn’t changed in a few day seven a few months. It took years of work(reduce) the industrial pollution and clean the water. Finally, that hard work paid off and now the water in the river is(clean) than ever. Maybe you are facing an impossible situation. Maybe you have a habit is driving your family crazy. Possibly you drink too much or don't know how to control your credit card use. When you face such an impossible situation, don't you want a quick fix and something to change immediately? While there are(amaze) stories of instant transformation, for most of us the(change) are gradual and require a lot of effort and work, like cleaning up a polluted river. Just be(patience).
Last year, my brother and I went to Miami for a vacation. Some of my friends who had been there before said ①was a wonderful holiday destination. Before we went, we had planned for months. When the day came, we were ready. After our plane landed, we went to the hotel. We had made our reservation six months ②(early), but the man at the front desk said there had been a mistake. We ③(tell) that our rooms hadn’t been reserved for that week, ④for the week after. I didn’t understand ⑤this would happen and my credit card had already been charged ⑥the reservation. What’s worse, the hotel had been fully booked. When we were wondering what to do, the manager came out. She was ⑦(surprise)helpful. She apologized for the mistake and gave us a spare VIP room on ⑧top floor. We had never stayed in such an amazing room, and we weren’t charged extra. The next day, my brother and I went to the beach ⑨we watched some people play volleyball. We got a little ⑩(sunburn), but the day had been so relaxing that we didn’t mind.
Many of us were raised with the saying“Waste not,want not.”None of us,① ,can completely avoid waste in our lives.Any kind of waste is thoughtless. Whether we waste our potential talents,our own time,our limited natural ②(resource),our money,or other people's time,each of us can become more aware and careful. The smallest good habits can make a big ③(different).It's a good feeling to know in our hearts we are doing our ④ (good) in a world that is in serious trouble. By focusing on ⑤(save)oil,water,paper,food,and clothing,we are playing a part ⑥cutting down on waste.
We must keep reminding ⑦(we) that it is easier to get into something ⑧it is to get out of it. Actually,severe damage ⑨(do) to our land is fairly recent in the history of our evolution. It's time for us to ⑩(say) no to waste so that our grandchildren's children will be able to develop well. We can't solve all the problems of waste,but we can encourage mindfulness.
First, reading books (be) fun. You can always keep yourself (interest) and it can help you have an enjoyable time if you like reading. This is especially useful when the weather is bad. It is a (relax) hobby too. Next, you can read a book anywhere: in a car, in a waiting room, on a plane, in bed—even in the bath. you need is a book! Reading is a convenient hobby as it is easy to stop and then start again. Another good reason for reading books is it is useful. If you read as a hobby, you (get ) better and better at it. This means that you will read faster and will become (good) at understanding what you read. As your reading improves, you will probably find your school work becomes much easier. Many school subjects depend good reading and, as you read you learn more and more. Good readers are most likely to be good (write), too. They are usually good at (spell) as well, and have more things to write about. Reading books is really a wonderful hobby.