At large 逃遁的, 没有被控制的
-- The thief is still at large
at large 详细地(= in?detail)n.细节, 详情
-- I need talk to you at large
at large 总体来讲(= as?a?whole)
-- The students at large are hungry for English. (hungry adj.饥饿的, 渴望的)
Where must the puma have come from?
Pumas are large, cat-like animals which are found in America.
-- Pandas are large cat-like animals which are found in Asia. (panda n.熊猫)
cat-like 猫一样的, 偷偷摸摸的 / dog-like 狗一样的 / life-like 栩栩如生的
When reports came into London Zoo that a wild puma had been spotted forty-five miles
south of London, they were not taken seriously.
-- 指人：主语who;宾语who, whom;定语?whose
-- 指物：that(也可以指人)/ which
-- 时间状语：when / 地点状语：where / 原因状语：why
-- An idea came to her that she might do the experiment in another way.
they were not taken seriously(they指代reports)
take sth seriously = deal with sth seriously 认真地对待某事
-- I always take your suggestions seriously.
take sth lightly 草率地对待某事 (lightly adv.轻率地)
-- Don’t take the hot potato lightly (hot potato n.棘手的问题)
However, as the evidence began to accumulate, experts from the Zoo felt obliged to
investigate, for the de脚本ions given by people who claimed to have seen the puma were
As 连词：随着, 当...之时
-- the de脚本ions given by people
-- the story told by the sailor (n.海员, 水手, 船员)
-- a book written by Luxun
-- He claimed to have been the manager of the large shop.
The hunt for the puma began in a small village where a woman picking blackberries saw
’a large cat’ only five yards away from her.
Where a woman picking… 定语从句
-- I still remember the school where I studied English.
It immediately ran away when she saw it, and experts confirmed that a puma will not attack
a human being unless it is cornered.
Confirm = be sure = be certain (confirm vt.确定)
Unless it is cornered = if it is not cornered (unless conj.如果不, 除非)
-- He will accept the job unless the salary is too low.
The search proved difficult, for the puma was often observed at one place in the morning
and at another place twenty miles away in the evening.
search = hunt
Wherever it went, it left behind it a trail of dead deer and small animals like rabbits.
-- Wherever he went, the wound left behind him a trail of blood.(n.血)
Paw prints were seen in a number of places and puma fur was found clinging to bushes.
puma fur was found clinging to bushes. (被动)
à We found the puma fur clinging to bushes. (主动)
-- clinging to bushes是现在分词短语做宾补
Several people complained of “cat-like noises’ at night and a businessman on a fishing trip
saw the puma up a tree.
-- on?the?rise 在上升 / on?the?increase 在增加
-- on?the?watch 在观看 / on?the?match 在比赛中
-- on?the?fishing?trip 在钓鱼的途中 / on?holiday 在度假
The experts were now fully convinced that the animal was a puma, but where had it come
Fully(adv.充分地, 完全地)= completely = entirely
As no pumas had been reported missing from any zoo in the country, this one must have
been in the possession of a private collector and somehow managed to escape.
sth be in?the?possession?of?sb = sth be in?sb’s?possession 某物归某人所有(主语是物)
-- The beautiful car is in my possession.= The beautiful car is in the possession of me.
Sb be in?possession?of?sth 某人拥有某物(主语是人)
-- I am in possession of the beautiful car.(in possession of… 做表语)
-- The person in possession of the big house is excited. (in possession of… 做定语)
The hunt went on for several weeks, but the puma was not caught.
Went on = lasted (last vi.继续, 持续)
It is disturbing to think that a dangerous wild animal is still at large in the quiet countryside.
It is disturbing to think that... 一想到…就心理不安
-- It is disturbing to think that I fail my examination
in the quiet countryside 在宁静的山村