The plane was late and detectives were waiting at the airport all morning. They were expecting a valuable parcel of diamond from South Africa. A few hours earlier, someone had told the police that thieves would try to steal the diamonds. When the plane arrived, some of the detectives were waiting inside the main building while others were waiting on the airfield. Two men took the parcel off the plane and carried it into the Customs House. While two detectives were keeping guard at the door, two others opened the parcel. To their surprise, the precious parcel was full of stones and sand!
1.The plane was late and detectives were waiting at the airport all morning.
The train was late again.飞机又晚点了。
语言点2 all morning=the whole morning整个上午
2.They were expecting a valuable parcel of diamond from South Africa.
1）a pocket/bag of sth.一袋
2）a packet/pocket of sth.一包
3）a bar of sth.一长条
4）a block of sth.一块
5）a row of sth.一排
语言点3 South Africa南非
总结学习“七大洲”：Asia亚洲，Africa非洲，Oceania大洋洲，Europe欧洲，North America北美洲，South America南美洲，the Antarctic南极洲
3.A few hours earlier, someone had told the police that thieves would try to steal the diamonds.
语言点1 a few hours earlier=a few hours ago几个小时前
语言点2 the police警察（总称）一般为复数。
语言点3 tell sb. that...意思是“告诉某人关于某事”，that引导的宾语从句的内容为真正讲述的内容，作直接宾语，而sb.为间接宾语。
He told us that the bus was late.他告诉我们公交车晚点了。
My mother said that she would leave 20,000 dollars for me.我妈说她会留两万美金给我。
1）try to do sth.尽力做某事
Bill tried to write an English book.比尔在竭尽全力写一本英语书。
2）try doing sth.试着做某事
The little boy tried phoning his home number.这个小男孩试着给他家里打电话。
文中选用try to steal the diamonds,可见这小偷有多么“敬业”。
4、When the plane arrived, some of the detectives were waiting inside the main building while others were waiting on the airfield.
语言点1 比较学习:when,as while
When the wind blows up, all the windows rattle.只要一刮风，所有的窗户都吱吱地响。
As I came home, my mother was cooking supper.我回家时，我妈妈正在做晚饭。
While the manager was walking down the sreet, I followed him.当经理在街上走路时，我跟着他。
语言点2 others=other+名词,这里的others相当于other detectives,指其余的侦探。
5、Two men took the parcel off the plane and carried it into the Customs House.
语言点1 take sth. off somewhere=take sth. down from somewhere=take sth.away from somewhere把某物从某处拿下来
The teacher took one book down from the shelf.老师把一本书从书架上取了下来。
语言点2 carry sth. into somewhere把某物拿进某地
Please carry the rice into the kitchen.请把大米扛到厨房里。
6、While two detectives were keeping guard at the door, two others opened the parcel.
语言点1 keep guard at the door把门，守门
7、To their surprise, the precious parcel was full of stones and sand!
语言点1 to one's surprise让某人吃惊的是
To his surprise, I gave him two glasses of beer immediately.让他感到意外的是，我马上给了他两杯啤酒。
类似结构的表达有：to one's amusement让某人感到好笑的是
to one's disgust令人反感的是
语言点2 be full of sth.充满某物
The small ship is full of water.这条小船里全是水。