The geneticists were not interested in particular genes until recently.
Yesterday I blunder upon an old friend I hadn't seen for several years.
Don't jump to conclusions.
A: This book isn't worth reading.
B: Don't jump to conclusions. You should at least skim through it.
A: Maybe you are right.
William Bateson coined the word genetics and several other useful terms.
William Bateson 创立了“遗传学”这个名词和其他一些有用的术语。
to no purpose
He tried to find out the cause, but all to no purpose.
It's a once in a lifetime chance.
A: Jack, shall I take the job in the US?
B: If I were you I would take it.
A: Would you?
B: Sure. It's a once in a lifetime chance.
Parents transmit some of their characteristics to their children.
She said such things on purpose that I might leave her.
You should take advantage of it.
A: It looks like it's going to be clear after the heavy rain. (来源：英语交友 http://friends.englishcn.com)
B: You bet. You should take advantage of it and take a walk outside for some fresh air.
A: Not a bad idea.
Joan's fever led to a diagnosis of pneumonia.
You should think twice before you decide to buy them in bulk.
Take your time.
A: What can I do for you, sir?
B: No, thanks. I'm just browsing.
A: That's all right. Take your time and look around, please.
He bared his left knee to display surgical scars from football injuries.
Before the exam, I must brush up on my Franch Grammer.
I'll think it over.
A: Kate, do you want to go with me to New York?
B: I can't promise you. I'll think it over.
A: All right. It's up to you to make your own decision.
According to a report by the Health Education Authority, 12 people die every hour from smoking-related diseases.
Throughout the festival, people everywhere brimmed with hospitality and joy.
What is it about?
A: Frank, you have a meeting this afternoon. Can you make it?
B: What is it about?
A: It's about environmental protection.
B: All right. I think I can make it.
He is a chronic sufferer from hay fever and detest gardens.
blue in the face
He argued with the boss until he was blue in the face.
Do you mind my smoking?
A: Excuse me, ma'ma. Do you mind my smoking?
B: Frankly, yes. You know smoking is hazardous to health. Besides, I'm allergic to smoke.
The combination of ageing populations and improving technology is forcing governments around the world to review their healthcare arrangements.
for a song
He bought the house for a song and sold it a few years later at a good profit.
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