美国习惯用语第二百九十三课
Summary:例句-1:I always shop there. Not only do they have top goods and fair prices, but sales people who are friendly and helpful. It's a real class act - in fact the best store in town. 他说:我总是去那儿买东西,不仅因为.

  • 例句-1:I always shop there. Not only do they have top goods and fair prices, but sales people who are friendly and helpful. It's a real class act - in fact the best store in town.
    他说:我总是去那儿买东西,不仅因为他们货真价实,而且由于那儿的营业员既和气又乐意助人。这家商店实在出色,实际上它是城里最好的店。
    可见class act意思不再局限于表演,它可以泛指生活中各方面的出色表现。
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    我们要学的第二个习惯用语是:hard act to follow。 Hard act to follow中间的act也是“表演”的意思。换句话说这个习惯用语也来自表演艺术。一百多年前的轻松歌舞表演由各路歌唱家、舞蹈家、喜剧演员甚至经过训练的小狗出场各显身手,然而最使一些演员为难的事就是被排在深受欢迎的大明星后面表演,因为这一来往往会相形见绌。最精彩的表演一定得排在最后当压台戏,因为接在它后面出场实在太难。这样说来hard act to follow不就是精彩的表演吗?对。其实这个习惯用语和class act意思相近,当然它同样也灵活应用在生活中的各方各面。我们看一个例子来体会hard act to follow用在其它场合的意思。
    例句2:Johnson found Kennedy a hard act to follow. Johnson was a master politician but Kennedy was young, handsome, full of vigor, a better speaker with plenty of wit and humor. So it took Johnson a long time to win people's confidence.

    他说:约翰逊觉得肯尼迪是令人望尘莫及的杰出人才。虽然约翰逊是老练的政治家,但是肯尼迪年轻英俊、精力充沛、更善于词令。他妙语如珠且富有幽默感。所以约翰逊费了很长一段时间才赢得了民众的信任。
    可见a hard act to follow是杰出而令人望尘莫及的人物或者作为。
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    我们要学的下一个习惯用语是:get your act together。 Get your act together这个习惯用语也来自表演艺术。这是对演技差的演员说的话。意思是他必须把自己的表演提高到其他演员的水平,以便能配合他们共同演出。当然get your act together和刚才学到的两个习惯用语一样,它的意思也延伸到生活中的其它领域。例如我们马上要看的一段话就用上了这个习惯用语,说话的人是在催促二十五岁的儿子赶快出去找工作。好,我们来看他怎么说:
    例句3:Son, you can't live with us the rest of your life. It's time to get your act together, settle down and get married and start living your own life.
    他说:儿子,你不可能一辈子都和我们住在一起。现在是你奋发图强、成家立业、开始独立生活的时候了。
    所以get your act together是敦促对方努力上进的意思。
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