lesson 68 persistent
i crossed the street to avoid meeting him, but he saw me and came running towards me. it was no use pretending that i had not seen him, so i waved to him. i never enjoy meeting nigel dykes. he never 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!'
'hello, 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!'
however busy you are, he always insists on coming with you.
no matter what you may say, he will not believe you.
whatever you may say, he will not believe you.
no matter who you are, you must say sorry to me.
whoever you are, you must say sorry to me.
注意这句话中的“it was no use doing...”表示“做某事是徒劳的/没用的”。句中的was根据实际情况也常需要改为is。比如：
it is no use asking me. i know no more than you know.
it is no use waiting on, for he won't come.
fancy meeting you here!
fancy her saying such unkind things about you!