1）Cats never fail to fascinate human beings.
- never fail to do 永远不要忘记做某事（含义偏好）
- (NCE3-9 P46-L11) …, because there is no shortage of tall buildings.
- (NCE3-41 P192-L26) Nor is the city without its moments of beauty.
- (NCE3-43 P200-L7) It is not uncommon to hear that a shipping company has made
2）They can be friendly and affectionate towards humans, but they lead mysterious lives of their own as well.
- be friendly to / toward(s) …
- be affectionate toward(s) …
3）They never become submissive like dogs and horses.
4）As a result, humans have learned to respect feline independence.
5）Most cats remain suspicious of humans all their lives.
- be suspicious of 对…产生怀疑
- all one’s life = throughout one’s life 一辈子
- for life = for the rest of one’s life 余生
6）One of the things that fascinates us most about cats is the popular belief that they have nine lives.
7）Apparently, there is a good deal of truth in this idea.
- there is a good deal of truth in … 译为这事情有道理
8）A cat's ability to survive falls is based on fact
- … is based / founded on fact.
- … rests on fact.
- … is supported by fact
9）Recently the New York Animal Medical Centre made a study of 132 cats over a period of five months
- over a period of five months 历时5个月
10）All these cats had one experience in common: they had fallen off high buildings, yet only eight of them died from shock or injuries.
- have sth. in common 有什么共同之处 = share sth.
- died from强调外因，died from 强调内因
11）Of course, New York is the ideal place for such an interesting study, because there is no shortage of tall buildings
- no shortage双重否定>肯定句，
- 无论shortage of后的名词为单数还是复数，be动词固定用is
12）There are plenty of high-rise windowsills to fall from! One cat, Sabrina, fell 32 storeys, yet only suffered from a broken tooth.
13）'Cats behave like well-trained paratroopers.' a doctor said. It seems that the further cats fall, the less they are likely to injure themselves.
14）In a long drop, they reach speeds of 60 miles an hour and more.
- speed 做不可数名词时，与 at, with 搭配均可。
- speed 做可数名词时，只能与 at 搭配。
15）At high speeds, falling cats have time to relax. They stretch out their legs like flying squirrels