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英语写作技巧:5个策略让你在考试写作中获得高分

2019-01-08 11:33

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  Whether you're sitting down to write a research paper for English class about Buddha or you're hours deep in the writing portion of SAT, you want to write a great essay. And although different people have different notions about what makes an essay truly "great," there are a number of things that educators and writers generally agree upon as gold-quality standards. Here are three of those qualities that can take your essay from basic to fabulous.

  不管你是坐下来准备写一篇英语课上有关佛陀的研究报告,还是深思怎样完成入学考试的作文部分,你都会想要写得一手好文章。虽然不同的人对于优秀的文章有不同的观念,但是也有许多教育家和作家公认的黄金标准。这里有三个品质,是你的作文从普通向出色进步时需要具备的。

  1. Language

  语言文字

  The usage of language in an essay is more than j4ust the actual words you use throughout. Things like sentence structure, stylistic choices, levels of formality, grammar, usage, and mechanics all come into play.

  在一篇文章中,语言文字的使用不仅仅是你在全篇所使用的词语,句子结构、文体选择、不同的形式、语法、用法、文字处理等都可以发挥作用。

  Good Language

  好的文字

  Good language in an essay is merely adequate. It's basic. There's nothing inherently wrong with your language, but there's nothing exceptional about it, either.

  文章中好的语言文字只能说是差强人意,它应该作为基本的要求。可能你的语言没有什么内在的问题,但也可能没有什么新意了。

  Good essay language means you're using some variety in your sentence structures. For instance, you may write a few simple sentences interspersed with some compound sentences. Your level of formality and tone are also appropriate to the essay. You're not using familiar language and slang, for example, when you're writing a research report in class. Good language in an essay does not disrupt your thesis. Your point gets across and that's all well and fine if you're happy with a good essay.

  好的文章语言意味着你使用了不同种类的句子结构。例如,你可能会将一些简单句和复合句结合起来使用。你的文章形式和语气也要适合整篇文章,而不是一味使用自己熟悉的语言和俚语。比如说,当你在班里写一篇研究报告时,好的语言不会干扰到你的论点。如果你对一篇好文章满意,那么这篇文章肯定能够把你的论点讲清楚。

  Example: When Jack walked into his grandmother's kitchen, he spotted the freshly baked cake on the counter. He helped himself to a huge piece. It was chocolate, and the frosting was a delicious vanilla buttercream. He licked his lips and took a gigantic bite.

  例子:当杰克走进奶奶的厨房时,他发现了柜台上刚烘焙好的蛋糕,就给自己弄了一大块。蛋糕是巧克力的,上面的奶霜还是香草奶油的。他舔舔嘴唇,咬了好大一口。

  Great Language

  优秀的语言文字

  Great language is fresh, full of sensory detail when appropriate and propels your essay forward in invigorating ways. Great language uses a variety of sentence structures and even some intentional fragments when appropriate. Your tone isn't merely adequate; it enhances your argument or point.

  优秀的语言文字就是在你将文章内容向前推进时,使用充满活力和感官细节的语言。优秀的语言使用多种句子结构,甚至在合适的时候故意分段。语气的使用不应该仅仅差强人意,它可以作为你的论点或论据。

  Your language is precise. It's chosen specifically to add nuance or shades of meaning. The sensory details you select pull your readers in, giving them goosebumps, and make them want to keep on reading. Great language makes readers take what you've said very seriously.

  语言文字要精确。要用心地选择语言文字来增加一些细微差别或语义色彩,你选择的感官细节要能使读者身临其境,让他们起鸡皮疙瘩,有读下去的欲望。优秀的语言文字能使读者认真对待你表达的内容。

  Example: Jack stepped over the threshold of his grandmother's kitchen and inhaled. Chocolate cake. His stomach rumbled. He walked to the counter, mouth watering, and took a rose-pattered china plate from the cabinet and a bread knife from the drawer. The slice he sawed off was enough for three. The first bite of rich vanilla buttercream made his jaw ache. Before he knew it, nothing was left but chocolate crumbs scattered on the plate like confetti.

  例子: 杰克一踏进奶奶厨房的门槛就被吸引住了,那是一块巧克力蛋糕。他的肚子也叫了起来,走进柜台,杰克的口水都流了出来,他从橱柜里拿出一个玫瑰图案的瓷盘,又从抽屉里拿出一把切蛋糕用的刀。他切了三人量的一大块,第一口就咬到了满满的香草奶油,使他食欲大开。在他缓过神来之前,盘子里就只剩下巧克力碎末。

  2. Analysis

  分析

  Teachers are always asking you to "dig deep" in your essay, but what does that really mean? Depth is the level at which you analyze the topic you are writing. The deeper you dive into your essay, the more poking and prodding at values, tensions, complexities, and assumptions you will do.

  老师们总是让你“深入发掘”自己的文章,但这到底是什么意思呢?深度就是你分析文章主题的层次。你对自己文章发掘得越深,你就会发现更多价值观、冲突、复杂性和设想。

  Good Analysis

  好的分析

  The word "analysis" in and of itself implies a certain level of depth. A good analysis will use reasoning and examples that are clear and adequately demonstrate the importance of the topic. Support may be relevant, but it may come across as overly general or simplistic. You will have scratched the surface of the topic, but you will not have explored as many of the complexities as you could have.

  “分析”一词本身就暗含有一定的深度。好的分析会使用清晰并能论证主题的推理和例子。支持也许是相关的,但也可能会显得过于宽泛或简单化。你可能已经触及到了主题,但你不能像那些复杂的例子一样进行深入探索。

  Let's take, for example, this question: "Should cyberbullying be stopped by the government?"

  我们以这个问题为例子:“政府应该杜绝网络暴力吗?”

  Example: Cyberbullying needs to be stopped in its tracksby the government because of the harm that it causes to the victim. Teenagers who have been bullied online have had to be treated for depression, have felt compelled to change schools, and some have even committed suicide. A person's life is too important not to intervene.

  例子:政府需要阻止网络暴力的发展,因为它会有导致自杀的危害。遭受网络暴力的会在情绪上感到低落,被迫转学,有些人甚至会自杀。人的生命何其珍贵,故政府应干涉。

  Great Analysis

  优秀的分析

  A great analysis of a topic is a thoughtful critique that demonstrates insight. It critiques assumptions and details not hinted at in just a good analysis. In the example above, the good analysis mentions the harm to a victim of bullying and names three things that could happen to him or her because of it, but doesn't get into other areas that might offer more insight like societal values, governmental control, effects rippling from one generation to the next, for example.

  优秀的分析是对深入剖析思考后的批评。它对那些没有进行好好分析的设想和细节进行了批评。在上面的例子中,好的分析提到了暴力会导致自杀的危害,并且举出了三件由可能会发生在别人身上的事,但却并没有涉及一些会引发思考的领域,例如社会价值观、政府调控、对下一代人的影响。

  Example: Although cyberbullying needs to be stopped - the effects are to dire not to intervene - the government cannot be the entity to regulate speech online. The fiscal and personal costs would be staggering. Not only would citizens be forced to give up their First Amendment rights to free speech, they would have to relinquish their rights to privacy, as well. The government would be everywhere, becoming even more of a "big brother" than they are right now. Who would pay for such scrutiny? Citizens would pay with their freedom and their wallets.

  例子:虽然网络暴力需要被杜绝,它的后果太可怕,需要进行干涉。但政府不能从本质上控制网络发言,那样财政和个人的开销都会十分巨大。不仅公民们的放弃第一修正案所赋予的自由发言权,他们还得放弃隐私权。政府就会变成一个无所不在的“老大哥”。谁会为这些监控买单呢?公民会牺牲掉他们的自由和钱包。

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