Sharpening Your English through Humor Stories
Cutting down weight
Bart: For the purpose of1 cutting down2 some weight, I am given to3 practicing horseback riding.
Harvan: Does it work out fine4 now?
Bart: Definitely yes! But so far5 only my horse has cut down 23 pounds, not me.
1.for the purpose of: 为了，因为 For the purpose winning the game, Liverpool endows the famous soccer player, Owen, with a 10-year-long contract.
2.cut down= reduce, decrease 减少 cut down weight=lose weight=减肥：Joy was fed up of his increasing/gaining weight. All the time he kept thinking of the ways to reduce/cut down his weight.
3.be given to: having a tendency; inclined: 癖好的；喜爱的；习惯的: (1)My neighbour is given to lavish spending.我的邻居喜欢乱花钱：(2) He's given to taking long walks.他非常喜欢长途散步。
4. work out fine(= pay off= yield a profit or result):产生好效果;很有效: If you don’t lose heart and keep at it, things will work out fine.如果别泄气，坚持下去，那么事情总会转好。
5. so far: up to the present moment: 迄今为止：So far there's been no word from them.至今没有他们的消息。