The Second World War had begun, and John wanted to join the army, but he was only 16 years old, and boys were allowed to join only if they were over 18. So when the army doctor examined him, he said that he was 18.
But John‘s brother had joined the army a few days before, and the same doctor had examined him too. This doctor remembered the older boy‘s family name, so when he saw John‘s papers, he was surprised.
"How old are you?" he said.
"Eighteen, sir," said John.
"But your brother was eighteen, too," said the doctor. "Are you twins?"
"Oh, no, sir," said John, and his face went red. "My brother is five months older than I am."
begun [bɪˈɡɪn] 开始，开始进行;着手
allow [əˈlaʊ] 允许;听凭;酌留;促使
army [ˈɑːmɪ] 军队，陆军;大群
examined [ɪɡˈzæmɪn] 调查;诊察;检查;检测
A rich man asked an architect to build a three-story house for him.
When the first story was finished, the rich man said to the architect: "I want only the third story; not the first and second stories."
The architect asked, "But without the first and second stories, how can I build the third story?"
Shaking his head, he packed up his things, and left.
This idiom indicates an unrealistic or impractical plan or theory.
My secretary began to post unusual news articles,cartoons and pictures of faraway lands on our office bulletin board.
Although she changed the items on a regular basis，no one mentioned her efforts.Eventually she put up a notice stating that she would give one dollar to the first person who read the announcement and informed her about it.
Two weeks later, she received her first acknowledgement，a handwritten reply left on her desk:"I just wanted you to know how much I enjoy your interesting bulletin board. The Cleaning Lady.”
on a regular basis经常;例行的;有规律的
put up张贴;举起;建造;提高;提供食宿; 直接行动
My husband，Michael，a bus driver，was passing a deserted bus stop when one of his passengers called out that a woman wanted to get on. He pulled up to the curb and opened the doors.
After a minute，Michael saw an elderly woman with a cane crossing the street slowly.
He waited patiently as she made her way to the bus and climbed the steps.
While she was looking in her purse for her bus pass，he began to close the doors.”Wait a minute!”she snapped."My mother's coming.”
Wait a minute等等;等一下;慢走
George is a little monkey. He lives in a deep forest. He likes jumping and climbing trees. He is happy every day. But he has a shortcoming. He is curious.
One day an old man goes by the forest. He carries a lot of straw hats. George sees the man, and the man sees George, too. The man says to himself, “What a lovely monkey! I will catch him. I will take him home.”
The man sits down and thinks over. George sees and also sits down. The man has an idea. He puts a hat on his head, and puts other hats on the ground. Then he pretends to sleep.
George is curious and looks at the hats. “I will be nice if I put a hat on my head.” George thinks. Then he climbs down from the tree, picks up a hat and puts it on. The hat is too big, and covers George’s eyes. George can’t see. And the man gets up at once, rushes out and catches him quickly.
climb down 爬下;让步