The generation gap
Every new generation is different from the one that preceded it. Today the difference is verymarked indeed.
Old people are always saying that the young are not what they were. The same comment ismade from generation to generation and it is always true. It has never been truer than it istoday. The young are better educated. They have a lot more money to spend and enjoy morefreedom. They grow up quickly and are not so dependent on their parents. They think more ofthemselves and do not blindly accept the idea of their elders. Events which the older generationremembers vividly are nothing more than past history.
Just look at the teenage girls who scream hysterically over the pop stars and the teenage boyswho copy the stars and grow their hair long and are no longer ashamed of wearing "pretty" clothes, are simply breaking through the chinese traditional reserve and fear of showing theirfeelings. What is more, nowadays most boys and girls are good companions and some of themeven fall in "puppy love." A lot of older people sigh and say, "we did not use to do like this."
Do you think the older people's criticism stems from jealousy just because they could not ordid not behave in the same way when they were young?
·paragraph 1 — thematic sentences
·paragraph 2 — comments on the young from the old generation
·paragraph 3 — how the young conduct themselves in the eyes of the old people
·paragraph 4 — a question for readers to think about
本文是一篇议论文。“ 代沟”是人们谈论得很多的话题, 本文就这一话题发表一些议论。第一段引言即是全文的主题, 第二段写出了老一代对年轻一代的看法, 第三段主要议论年轻人的种种“反传统”的表现, 结尾段提出了一个悬念性的问题, 这样的结尾使人有别开生面之感, 也是一种很好的写作手法。
precede v. 在……之前，先于
marked a. 明显的
the young are not what they were. 年轻人变了
It has never been truer than it is today. 从未如今天这么正确
dependent on 依赖
vividly ad. 活生生地, 生动地
nothing more than past history 不过是过去的历史
scream v. 尖叫
hysterically ad. 神经质地
copy v. 模仿
grow their hair long 留长发
be ashamed of 感到难为情
the chinese traditional reserve and fear of showing their feelings 中国人传统的含蓄和羞于流露感情
puppy love 早恋
sigh v. 叹气
did not use to do like that 过去不是这样做的
criticism n. 批评
stem from 根源于
jealousy n. 忌妒