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生活英语对话 Episode 93: An old friend calls

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Tim: Hello?
Janet: It's Janet Hall here.
Tim: Janet! How did you get my number?
Janet: Oh, a bit of detective work and a chat with a lovely gal1 in the Human Resources department.
Tim: Well, I'm glad you called. I've got so much to thank you for. I was branded a cheat, a liar2 and a thief, but because of you I'm beginning to clear my name.
Janet: It was nothing, honestly. The truth will out, as they say. But all's not quite well with you yet. I hear you got the boot.
Tim: No, I quit. It was a matter of principle. But you're right - quit, fired - it comes to the same thing. No job, no money, no prospects3.
Janet: And you think I'd stand for that?

Vocabulary 字汇

gal (informal) 女孩,女的

branded 加上污名
given a bad name or reputation (usually unfairly)

to clear my name 恢复名誉
to prove that I am innocent of a crime or of some bad behaviour

The truth will out 真相大白(saying)
Even if you try to keep something a secret, people will find out the true facts eventually

got the boot 被迫辞职
were forced to leave your job

quit 辞职(出于自己意愿的)
leave your job through your own choice

prospects (always plural) 前途
chances for future success in employment, education etc.

本单元的语言点是 'stand' 短语动词,请看下面的解释和例句

Phrasal verbs 7 - with 'stand'

Introduction 引言
Phrasal verbs (also known as multi-word verbs ) are verbs made of two or more words. The first word is a verb and the second word (known as a particle) is either a preposition or an adverb. Some phrasal verbs can have two particles.
Phrasal verbs with one particle: stand up, let down, fall for, ask out, settle down
Phrasal verbs with more than one particle: go out with, take care of
The meaning of phrasal verbs changes according to the particle that follows the main verb. Sometimes a verb-particle combination can have more than one meaning, according to the context in which it is used.
Below are some examples of phrasal verbs which begin with 'stand'.

phrasal verbs with objects 接受词的动词短语
Phrasal verbs which must take an object are known as transitive phrasal verbs. In the examples below the object must go after the verb and particle.

to stand for something: to allow something to happen or continue to happen
And you think I'd stand for that?
You're a bully4 and I won't stand for it any longer!

to stand for something: to be the abbreviation of a longer form of words
FAQ stands for 'Frequently Asked Questions.'
Do you know what MP3 stands for?

to stand up to somebody: to confront someone
After years of bullying5 she finally stood up to him and decided6 to leave him.
He tried to stand up to his boss but he just wasn't confident enough.

to stand over somebody: to stand very near someone and watch them very closely
It gives me the creeps when she stands over me while I'm working on the computer.
You don't have to stand over me all the time. I can do this work by myself!

separable phrasal verbs 可分离的动词短语
Sometimes the object of a transitive phrasal verb must be placed between the verb and particle. The following phrasal verbs are separable.

to stand somebody up: to fail to keep an appointment with someone, especially a romantic date
I waited for her for half an hour before I realised she had stood me up.
You shouldn't stand people up. If you can't keep a date, you should call them.

phrasal verbs without objects 不接受词的动词短语
Some phrasal verbs do not take an object. These are called intransitive phrasal verbs. The phrasal verbs below do not have objects.

to stand down: to leave an important job or role (e.g. in politics) and let someone else do the job
She stood down as Prime Minister only two years before she died.
When they found out the Chairman had stolen money from the company, he had to stand down.

to stand out: to be very noticeable because someone/something is very unusual
Everyone else wore a white shirt. He really stood out with his bright red t-shirt.
Your rusty7 old car really stands out beside all those flashy, new sports cars.

to stand out: to be much better than other people or things in a similar situation
When I saw all the other children's pictures, her art work really stood out.
In that whole competition, there were only two dancers who stood out.

to stand around: to stand somewhere and not do anything (usually in an aimless way)
What are you doing standing8 around? Quick, get upstairs and tidy your room!
I don't have time to stand around waiting for you. Why didn't you call me if you were going to be late?



1 gal 56Zy9     
  • We decided to go with the gal from Merrill.我们决定和那个从梅里尔来的女孩合作。
  • What's the name of the gal? 这个妞叫什么?
2 liar V1ixD     
  • I know you for a thief and a liar!我算认识你了,一个又偷又骗的家伙!
  • She was wrongly labelled a liar.她被错误地扣上说谎者的帽子。
3 prospects fkVzpY     
  • There is a mood of pessimism in the company about future job prospects. 公司中有一种对工作前景悲观的情绪。
  • They are less sanguine about the company's long-term prospects. 他们对公司的远景不那么乐观。
4 bully bully     
  • A bully is always a coward.暴汉常是懦夫。
  • The boy gave the bully a pelt on the back with a pebble.那男孩用石子掷击小流氓的背脊。
5 bullying f23dd48b95ce083d3774838a76074f5f     
v.恐吓,威逼( bully的现在分词 );豪;跋扈
  • Many cases of bullying go unreported . 很多恐吓案件都没有人告发。
  • All cases of bullying will be severely dealt with. 所有以大欺小的情况都将受到严肃处理。 来自《简明英汉词典》
6 decided lvqzZd     
  • This gave them a decided advantage over their opponents.这使他们比对手具有明显的优势。
  • There is a decided difference between British and Chinese way of greeting.英国人和中国人打招呼的方式有很明显的区别。
7 rusty hYlxq     
  • The lock on the door is rusty and won't open.门上的锁锈住了。
  • I haven't practiced my French for months and it's getting rusty.几个月不用,我的法语又荒疏了。
8 standing 2hCzgo     
  • After the earthquake only a few houses were left standing.地震过后只有几幢房屋还立着。
  • They're standing out against any change in the law.他们坚决反对对法律做任何修改。
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