In a clinic, a patient who had a bad injury in his left leg asked the surgeon to do an operation on it. “How much will you charge me?” asked the patient. “One hundred dollars, ” answered the surgeon.Then the patient gave him two hundred dollars and said: “I‘d like you to give me a better treatment.” But when the operation finished, the patient found both his two legs were operated. “Why did you have my right leg operated too?” asked the patient. “If I don‘t do that, I‘ll be guilty to another one hundreddollars,” answered the surgeon.
At about two o‘clock on a cold winter morning, a doctor drove seven miles in answer to a telephone call. On his coming the man who had called him in said, “Doctor, I don‘t have a sore throat, I don‘t cough.I have no pain either in the side or in the back, I‘m not running a temperature, but still I feel that death is near.”
Jim met two friends in the street. “Come back to my apartment for a meal,” he said. “You can see the whole of the city from my bedroom window.” His two friends agreed and they went back with Jim to the apartment building where he lived on the 40^th floor.
2002年全国高等教育自学考试《现代语言学》试卷中有这样一道题：What is sense and refrence?How are they related?显然，这是一道论述题，论述题着重考核考生的综合分析问题和解决问题能力。这是本课程考试题型最难的一种。一般来说，论述题的答案，指定教材中大多没有现成的，需要考生归纳、概括、总结，并解释之，才能较好答题。解答这类问题，考生要在正确理解概念的基础上用准确的英文描述其联系及规律性的东西。有时，在说明其联系之后，还要进行分析解释，以使其在内容上更加完整，更有说服力。
因特网(Internet)是全球性的计算机网络集合，它为全世界提供了一个获得信息和服务的公共渠道。通过内置或外置的调制解调器(modem)在电话线上拨号上网，任何计算机都可以进入、并成为因特网的一部分，也因此而在网络布局(network configurations)中取得一个名称——节点(node)。modem这个词来源于modulate和Udemodulate两个词的组合。modulate(调制)是将计算机中的数字信号(digital signals)转换为可以在电话线上传输(transmit)的模拟信号(analog signals)；而demodulate(解调)是将模拟信号还原为计算机可以识别的数字信号。两个过程正好相反，分别用于发送和接收数据。除了通过调制解调器拨号上网(modem dial—up)以外，我们还可以采取其它方式，比如现在已被公众熟知的ISDN(Integrated Services Digital Network，综合业务数字网络)，ADSL(Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line，不对称数字用户线)，以及租用线路(leased line)——亦称专线(dedicated line or private line)。
雅思(IELTS)的全称是International English Language Testing System，即“国际英语水平测试”，其成绩可作为留学、移民、就业等的重要参考。雅思考试涵盖了英语的听、说、读、写四个方面，单项满分9分，四个部分的总和平均后的成绩即为最后得分。一般情况下，6分就是一个可以接受的分数，但是很多中国考生仍然摇头，刚为雅思是哑巴英语的克星。雅思不是范围测试，没有统一的教材，市面上所谓的雅思语法、雅思词汇等参考书严格柬说都带有误导的性质。笔者最近参加了雅思考试，并取得了7．5分的可喜成绩，其中口语部分8分，在此想谈一点自己的感受，以期抛砖引玉，帮助广大考生加深对雅思的认识，并最终取得各自理想的成绩。
The elderly gamekeeper(狩猎场的管理员) of a Scottish estate suffered from fading eyesight,and the lord of the manor(庄园) offered to send him to London to see an eye specialist. Before he left,however, he was given strict instructions to spend his money thriftily（节省地) and to live as he would at home.