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常春藤生活英语【72】A Special Dinner Date 母子之约
2010-08-31 08:45:26 来源：常春藤英语
Patricia and her husband, Mike, were having an argument about another woman in Mike's life—his mother. "You two haven't dined together for so long," Patricia said. Mike replied by saying that his busy job occupied most of his time. He also said that he knew his mother was happy enough when she was around his beautiful wife and two lovely daughters. "I've made a reservation1 for you both at Tony's Steakhouse for tomorrow at seven," his wife told him as she handed him the phone.
"Hello, Mother, would you like to go to Tony's tomorrow night for dinner?" Mike asked, "You know, it's Mother's Day." His mother thought something was wrong when Mike told her it would only be the two of them. "Don't worry, Mom. The family is great. I just think it'll be fun if only the two of us go out, like we used to do in the old days."
The next day, when Mike picked up his mother, she was all dressed up. Mike complimented2 her, but she just said, "I'm really looking forward to our dinner." They drove to the restaurant and sat at the same table they used to sit at 30 years ago. Mike's mother said she wanted to focus on happy things, but she needed to tell him one thing first. "Son, I know you have to work hard to be successful, but make sure you spend as much time with your family as possible."
Building Your Vocabulary
1. dine vi. 进餐
Al dined at a Thai restaurant on his birthday.
2. occupy vt. 占用（一段时间或空间）
The bed occupied most of Jack's bedroom.
Phrases for Learning
1. have an argument 争吵
We had an argument about the wedding.
2. used to + 原形动词 过去曾∕常做……
Paul used to go hiking when he was young.
3. be/get all dressed up 盛装打扮
Joan got all dressed up for the party.
4. look forward to + 名词∕动名词 期待∕盼望……
Nancy is looking forward to opening her gifts.
1. reservation n.（座位、房间等的）预订
2. compliment vt. 赞美，恭维
Tips In Use
...his mother was happy enough...
1. enough 作副词用时，表『足够可以』，可修饰形容词或副词，采后位修饰，即 enough 恒置于该形容词或副词之后，而不可置于其前。本句即为此例。
Allen studied hard enough to keep up with his classmates.
2. enough 亦常作形容词，表『充份的』，修饰名词时，通常置于该名词前，但亦可置于其后（罕用）。
Bill doesn't have enough time for lunch.
=Bill doesn't have time enough for lunch.
enough 不论作副词或形容词，其后通常接不定词词组（to + 原形动词）或"for + 名词"。
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