其它一些关于数字的表达

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Last week, I told about the number one.  Today, I will tell about expressions using other numbers.上周,我谈到了数字1。今天,我将讲述使用其他数字的表达。

Some problems are difficult to solve. But there are a lot of number expressions that can help. For example, if we put two and two together, we might come up with the right answer. We know that two heads are better than one.  It is always better to work with another person to solve a problem.有些问题很难解决。但是有很多数字表达可以帮助你。例如,如果我们根据事实推断,我们可能会得出正确答案。我们知道“三个臭皮匠,顶个诸葛亮”。和另一个人一起工作总是更好的解决问题。

Sometimes there are no two ways about it.  Some problems have only one solution. You cannot be of two minds over this.有时候,你别无选择。有些问题只有一个解决办法。你不能对这件事三心二意。

But with any luck, we could solve the problem in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.  We could have our answers quickly and easily.但是如果运气好的话,我们可以很快地解决这个问题。我们可以很快很容易地得到答案。

Sometimes we can kill two birds with one stone. That is, we can complete two goals with only one effort or action. But we must remember that two wrongs don’t make a right.  If someone does something bad to you, you should not do the same to him.有时我们可以一箭双雕。也就是说,我们可以通过一次努力或行动完成两个目标。但是我们必须记住,两个错误不等于一个正确。如果有人对你做了坏事,你不应该对他做同样的事。

If you are going out with your girlfriend, or boyfriend, you do not want another friend to go along on your date.  You can just say to your friend: two’s company, three’s a crowd.如果你和你的女朋友或男朋友出去,你不希望另一个朋友和你一起约会。你可以对你的朋友说:两个人做伴,三个人不合群。

When I was a young child in school, I had to learn the three R’s.  These important skills are reading, writing and arithmetic.  These three words do not all start with the letter “R.”  But they have the sound of “R.”  My teachers used to give three cheers when I did well in math.  They gave praise and approval for a job well done.当我还是个小孩子的时候,我必须学习三个R。这些重要的技能是阅读、写作和算术。这三个单词并不都以字母“r”开头。但是他们有r的发音。”当我数学考得好时,我的老师常常给我三声欢呼。他们对出色完成的工作给予表扬和肯定。

Some of my friends were confused and did not understand their schoolwork. They were at sixes and sevens.  In fact, they did not care if they finished high school.  They saw little difference between the two choices.  Six of one, half a dozen the other – that was their position.  But they were really happy when they completed their studies and graduated from high school. They were in seventh heaven. They were on cloud nine.我的一些朋友很困惑,不懂他们的作业。他们拿不定主意。事实上,他们并不关心是否完成高中学业。他们认为这两个选择没有什么区别。半斤八两,这就是他们的立场。但当他们完成学业,从高中毕业时,他们真的很开心。他们欣喜若狂。他们欣喜若狂。

Nine times out of ten, students who do well in school find good jobs.  Some work in an office doing the same things every day at nine-to-five jobs.  You do not have to dress to the nines, or wear your best clothes, for this kind of work.在学校表现好的学生十之八九都能找到好工作。有些人每天朝九晚五在办公室做同样的工作。做这种工作,你不必穿得很讲究,也不必穿最好的衣服。

Last year, one of my friends applied for a better job at her office.  I did not think she would get it.  I thought she had a hundred to one shot at the job.  Other people at her office thought her chances were a million to one.  One reason was that she had been caught catching forty winks at the office.  She slept at her desk for short periods during the day.  But her supervisor appointed her to the new job at the eleventh hour — at the very last minute.  I guess her lucky number came up.去年,我的一个朋友在她的办公室申请了一个更好的工作。我不认为她会得到它。我以为她有百分之一的机会得到那份工作。她办公室的其他人认为她的机会是百万分之一。原因之一是她在办公室打盹被抓了。她白天在办公桌前睡了一小会儿。但是她的上司在最后一刻任命她去做那份新工作。我猜她的幸运数字来了。

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