The peacock is a precious bird in the subtropical zone.
Clean water is precious in that part of the world.
The majority of the damage is easy to repair.
The majority of people believe that smoking is harmful to health.
the majority 大多数(其作主语表整体时，谓语用单数；若表成员情况时，谓语用复数。)
the majority of＋n.[U]＋单数谓语
the majority of＋n.[pl.]＋复数谓语
be in the/a majority占大多数
by/with a majority of以大多数……(赢得……)
a/the minority of少数
be in the/a minority占少数
He complained bitterly that he had been unfairly treated.
I'm going to complain to the manager about this.
complain (to sb.) of/about (doing) sth.(向某人)投诉/抱怨(做)某事；(向某人)发牢骚
complain (to sb.) that...(向某人)抱怨……
make a complaint about sth.抱怨/投诉某事
make a complaint to sb.向某人抱怨/投诉
Does the bank charge a fee for setting up the account?
fare, fee, charge, cost
I invited her to dinner but she did not respond.
How did she respond to the news?
respond to sb./sth.(with/ by sth.) (用……)回答某人/回复某事(比 answer, reply to正式)
respond to (疾病、身体的受伤部分)对医药有良好反应
response to sb./sth. (对人/物)的回答/回复/反应
in response to作为对……的反应
respond, answer, reply
I asked him his name, but he didn't respond.
He answered that he did go there last night.
It's your turn now to reply to these charges.
They hired a big hall.
We hired a driver to take us on a tour of the city.
We have to pay $300 for the hire of the meeting hall.
for/on hire 出租
Car for hire, $10 an hour.
employ, hire, rent
(3)rent 租，指长期租赁土地、房屋等，若暂时租借也可用 hire。
They want to hire a hall for an evening.
They can't afford to buy a new house, so they have to rent one.
The Christian Church rejected his theory, saying it was against God's idea and people who supported it would be attacked.
She's been appointed(as/to be)sales manager.
They appointed her to take care of that old man.
appoint sb.(as/to be)＋职位 某人担任……职位
appoint sb.to do sth.委派某人做某事
make/have an appointment with sb.与某人有约
keep/break an appointment守约/违约
She elected an art course because she was interested in art.
Like men, women have the right to elect and to be elected.
elect to do sth.决定做某事
elect sb. as选举某人当……
We wonder who will win the next election.
Many great events happened in the past decade.
for/during/in/over the past/last few decades在过去的几十年里(常和现在完成时连用)
For the past few decades computer technology has come a long way.
I tend to go to bed late and get up early in summer.
She spends her spare time tending her old mother.
tend to do sth.易于做某事；往往会发生某事
tend to/towards sth.趋向，倾向
tend (to) sb./sth.(＝look after sb./sth.)照顾/护理……
have a tendency to do sth.有做某事的倾向
The staff are not happy about the new arrangement.
The old man can walk only with the help of a staff.
The staff in this school is high in quality.
The staff in this shop are helpful.
Most people retire at 60.
She was forced to retire early from teaching because of ill health.
After lunch, he retired to his study.
Schools try to teach children a set of principles.
They agreed to the plan only in principle.
in principle 原则上；理论上
on principle 根据原则
The terrible sounds scared the children.
He doesn't scare easily.
scare sb. to death把某人吓得要死
scare sb. away/off把某人吓跑
scare sb. into/out of (doing) sth.吓得某人做/不敢做某事
It scares sb. to do sth.使某人害怕去做某事
be scared of doing/to do sth.害怕做某事
be scared (that)．..害怕……
He has replaced Mr Brown as president.
He will replace the broken window with a new one.
replace sb./sth.＝take the place of sb./sth.取代某人/某物
take the place of ＝ take one's place接替
in place of＝in one's place代替
out of place不在合适的位置；不得体
1.What is (preciously) between friends is belief and respect.
2. were present at the meeting.
3. people seem to prefer watching games to playing games.
4.He was elected by 765.
5.He did nothing but complain me about the food and the service of the restaurant.
6.Don't complain our life. We should be thankful for what we have.
7.His parents paid high tuition (fee) for his college life.
8.They still haven't _ my letter.
9.He my suggestion a laugh/ laughing.
10.His illness didn't treatment by drugs.
11.My mother opened the door the knock, but there was no one outside.
1.They (hire) a firm of consultants to design the new system.
2.His article was (reject) by the editor.
3.Once you make an (appoint) with someone, you should keep it.
4.She was waiting at my apartment at the (appoint) time to take me to Disney World.
5.Besides, I have such a good command of English that I (elect) as assistant to my English teacher.
6.In the past decade, he (plant)hundreds of trees.
7.The sort of music he listens to varies, but popular music.
8.She get angry when people oppose to her plan.
9.The nurse skillfully their wounds.
10.The staff in this company (be) busy working at present.
11.After he (retire) from office, Tom took up painting for a while, but soon lost interest.
12.When the worldfamous tennis player announced her (retire), she couldn't help crying.
13.Despite the variety of injuries, several (principle) of first aid can apply to all emergencies.
14.The scarecrow in the field is used to the birds .
15.They the little boy foods in the supermarket.
16.The little girl out alone.
17.I'm I'm going to fall.
(1)Our monitor will to attend the meeting.(take the place of/replace)
(2)Our monitor will attend the meeting .(in place of)
(3)Our monitor will to attend the meeting.(take one's place)
1．The (major) of them take an online language test before starting their programme.
2．Some (minor) languages are losing their identities because of the invasion of more popular spoken ones.
3．The police received several (complain) about the noise from our party.
4．Knowing basic firstaid techniques will help you respond quickly emergencies.
5．We regret to inform you that your application has been (reject)．
6．I was appointed (take) charge of arranging all the activities on that day.
7．About three (decade) ago，China was known as the “Bicycle Kingdom”．
8．The older women tend (believe) in strangers easily.
9．Nowadays there is a growing (tend) for people to shop on Internet.
10．As a (retire) ear doctor，I heartily recommend TV Ears to people with normal hearing as well as those with hearing loss.
11．We were (scare) to death when the fire broke out.Fortunately，it was put out before it caused much damage.
1．The people are sure to believe in you if you govern our country by (道德) and laws.
2．What's more, thankfulness is also our traditional Chinese (美德)．
3．To (说明) the use of this method, we now provide an example of the use of this method.
4．Therefore, we can come to the conclusion that nothing is so (宝贵的) as peace in the world.
5．We are planning to hold a party for our grandparents to celebrate their fiftieth anniversary of (结婚)．
6．The (大多数) of people take in too much fat and not enough fiber, which does great harm to their health.
7．Some of the senior students (抱怨)that they had no time to read because they had too much homework to do.
8．They are likely to (回应) positively to the President's request for aid.
9．The school isn't the most modern, but it offers (奖学金) to poor students who wish to study but can't pay.
10．In addition to the school, the village has a (诊所), which was also built with government support.