March 10, 2005
Thank you for your recent letter. I’m sorry I couldn’t reply sooner. I’ve been really busy at work. Sometimes it seems like I hardly have time to breathe. But my company is expanding, so there’s a lot to do. Competition is fierce, too, so I’m afraid to relax for fear of losing ground.
There’s not really much I can add. As I said, I’ve been busy working, so I haven’t had time for anything else. I would love to take a vacation, but I’d worry too much about my business to really enjoy it. Let’s keep in touch. It’s always good to hear from old friends. I promise to write back, even if it takes me a while.
例:That band's recent albums haven't been as good as their older ones.
2. reply 答复，回答
例:He hasn't replied to my email yet.
hold one's breath屏息静气;屏住呼吸
例:It's hard to breathe in this polluted area.
The diver can hold his breath for a long ime.
4. expand 扩充/展/张
例:That company is always expanding.
5. competition 竞争，角逐
in competition with…与……竞争/角逐
例:Pepsi is in competition with Coca-Cola for this market.
Susie had to compete with five other women for that job.
6. fierce .激/猛烈的
例:They had a fierce argument over politics.
7. relax仁ri lxks} vi.放松，轻松
例:Carl is so busy that he never has time to relax.
8. for fear of.二以免……
例:Sharon is afraid to drive anywhere by herself for fear of getting lost.