Punctuality means observing regular or appointed time. A man who gets up at seven o’clock every morning is punctual. A man who has promised to call on a friend at five o’clock in the afternoon and actually does so at that hour is also punctual.
Punctuality is a good habit, and unpunctuality a bad one. A few minutes’ delay may not be aserious matter, but it may have bad results. Getting up five minutes later than usual may upset the plan of the day. Calling on a friend five minutes later than the appointed time may cause him some unexpected trouble. Moreover, habitual unpunctuality leads to indolence and even failure in life. One delay after another makes a man unable to exert himself. It also proves him to be untrustworthy .
Those who are unpunctual should try their best to get rid of their bad habit. In doing this, they should avoid making any kind of exception. They should never say to themselves: "A few minutes’ delay does not mat ter this time. I shall never be unpunctual again." Those who think in this way will find excuses for delay from time to time, and will at last give up the attempt to cultivate the good habit.
Like all other good habits, punctuality becomes second nature with those who have duly cultivated it.
· Punctuality — What it means? e.g.
· Punctuality and unpunctuality e.g.
· Punctuality — A good habit to be cultivated
· Punctuality — Second nature
本文是一篇议论文。文中第一段引言简单说明守时的定义。第二段从正反两方面议论守时的问题。第三段中提出对不守时者的忠告。结尾部分是作者的建议— 培养第二天性。本文的特点是举了一些很实际的例子来论证守时的重要性, 此外, 文字简练, 用词均很普通, 结构也不复杂, 但说理性强。
punctuality n. 守时
observe v. 遵守
upset the plan of a day 打乱一天的计划
appointed time 约定时间
habitual unpunctuality 习惯性的不守时
lead to 导致
indolence n. 懒惰
exert himself 振作自己
untrustworthy a. 不可信赖的
find excuses 找借口
from time to time 时时
duly ad. 及地时
second nature 第二天性