First listen and then answer the question.
Why did Elizabeth tell Nigel that she was going to the dentist?
I crossed the street to avoid meeting him, but he saw me and camerunning towards me. It was no use pretending that I had not seenhim, so I waved to him. I never enjoy meeting Nigel Dykes. Henever has anything to do. No matter how busy you are, he always insists on coming with you. I had to think of a way of preventing him from following me around all morning.
‘Hello, Nigel,’I said.‘Fancy meeting you here!’
‘Hi, Elizabeth,’Nigel answered.‘I was just wondering how to spend the morning—-until I saw you. You’re not busy doing anything, are you?’
‘No, not at all,’I answered.‘I’m going to…’
‘Would you mind my coming with you?’he asked, before I had finished speaking.
‘Not at all,’I lied,‘but I’m going to the dentist.’
‘Then I’ll come with you,’ he answered.‘There’s always plenty to read in the waiting room!’
New words and expressions 生词和短语
persistent (title)/pə’sistənt/adj. 坚持的，固执的
insist (1.5)/in’sist/v. 坚持做
avoid(1.1)/ə’vɔid/ v. 避开
Notes on the text 课文注释
1 to avoid meeting him,避免碰上他，这是动词后面用动名词作宾语的结构。本课下文中出现的 enjoy,fancy, mind,finish等动词，也是只接动名词作宾语的动词。
2 came running towards me,向我跑来，running是现在分词，作状语，表示状况。
3 It was no use pretending,装作……是没有用了。在这句话中， it是先行词，实际上主语是动名词短 pretending that I had not seen him.
4 No matter how busy you are,不管你有多忙。这是一个让步状语从句， no matter常与 how, when, where, what, who等引导的从句相连，可译成“无论”。
5 prevent sb. from doing sth.是“阻止某人做某事”，介词 from可以省略。
6 Fancy meeting you here!想不到在这里见到你！fancy +-ing表示对后面的-ing所表示的动作感到惊奇。
7 You’re not busy doing anything, are you? 你不忙，是吧？这是一个附加疑问句，也称反意疑问句。它是由陈 述句加上简略疑问句构成的。如果陈述句是肯定的，那么疑问句用否定形式；反之，陈述句是否定的，疑问句用肯定形式。
8 Would you mind my coming with you?我跟你一道去行吗？这是一个表示客气请求的结构，my是动名词 coming的逻辑主语。
9 the waiting room,候诊室。