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1、 Radio telescopes have one bigadvantage over conventional telescopes in thatthey can operate in all weather conditions and can pick up signals coming fromvery distant stars.
这个 over 这个词。。以及 inthat 表示原因的用法。

2、 The radio telescope at IodrellBank in Englandwas for many years the largest in the world.
状语的位置,习惯了把for+时间段的放在句子前后,偶尔看一下这样的表达会觉得不适应

3、 A new telescope, overtwice the size, was recently built at Sugar Grovein West Virginia.
划线的用法。

4、 Astronomers no longer regard asfanciful the idea that they may one day pick up signal which have been sent byintelligent beings on other worlds.
regard as fanciful the idea that….这个句子,刚开始看没太懂结构。
其实正常的应该是 regard the idea that they…as fanciful. 为了平衡句子结构所以把asfanciful这个给提前了。蛮地道的表达。。至少是蛮不中式英语的表达
在旧托福里,这样的语法结构也考过。

5、 Highlyadvanced civilizations may have existed on otherplanets long before intelligent forms of life evolved on the earth.
Highly这个词。。。觉得很多赞美的感情都包括在里面了。。
最震撼的是看俺爸爸帮我改邮件,最后一句 我本来写的是
I’m waiting foryour replay.。。。。。 蛮土的
Your reply willbe highly appreciated.。。。以后俺发邮件最后一句都是这个了。。。
还有advanced,一个用法比较多的词,属于要掌握好的词吧。

6、 Aware of the fact that it would be impossibleto wait thousands or millions of years to receive an answer from a distant planet,scientists engaged in Project Ozma ateconcentrating their attention on stars which are relatively close.
过渡句,连接2段间逻辑关系的句子。可以用做进一步详细的阐述,也可以做转折。
   engage in 参与

7、 A single picture would tell usmore than thousands of words.
这个简单句可以用于很多写作的论述中间。比如说电脑的作用:
A simpleoperation on the computer would save us more than thousands of minutes.

8、 In an age when anything seemsto be possible, it would be narrow-minded in the extreme to ridicule theseattempts to find out if there is life in other parts of the universe.
很好的结尾总结句子。还是那个creativity v.s knowledge
In an age whenanything seems to be full of innovation, it would be narrow-minded in theextreme to regard knowledge gained as superior than creativity.

今日总结:
1、其实好多词光背了发现自己写作用的词汇还是没有提高,而从课文中抽出句子来,一方面是对语感的提高,而且也了解了这个词的适用场合,或者说,在你想到一个表达的时候,反应出来的不是单词,而是一个句子

2、插入语,以及一些小的结构是在老外们表达的时候很喜欢用的。也避免了满篇的which, who什么的定语从句,而且使句子结构比较灵活。而这些小成分放的位置,有时候是很形象地突出他所要表达的意思。