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1. Reading comprehension阅读理解………………
In 1177 the capital city of Angkor was seized after a fierce battle and fell
/into/ ruins. Soon a new capital was built at Angkor Thom, but this was deserted
in 1434. The ruins were soon covered by thick forests and were forgotten until
1861, when the French, who then controlled Cambodia, discovered them. They
were astonished by what they found. The ruins of the old cities of Angkor cov-
ered an area of 200 square kilometres. As well as the temple of Angkor Wat,
they inclu ded more than 50 major buildings and others of less importance with-
in this area. They had been built over a period of six centuries up until 1431.
The temple of Angkor Wat was built from 1113 to 1150 and covers an area
of two square kilometers. A vast square channel of water goes round the four
sides of it. The French, after discovering the ruined temple, did a lot of repair
work up until 1970, when the war forced the last of the French workforce to leave.
In 1980 an Indian team visited the temple to prepare a report and found
the temple in a poor state. Many of the stone figures had been stolen and others
were falling to pieces. Repair work finally started in 1986 and a team of 15 In
dian experts began work with 400 Cambodian workers. Fortunately they had a
lot of experience, as the team leader had already worked on more than 70 old
buildings in India. More than 70,000 square metres of stone were cleaned and
protected against the water. Thousands of stone blocks were moved and many
roof sections were replaced with new onesswheresnecessary. The work was com-
pleted in June 1994.
1fall /into/ to ruins毁灭；崩溃
The whole country fell /into/ to ruins after the war.
2cover an area of占地面积达
China covers an area of 9.6 million square kilometres.
3as well as常用来连接两个并列成分，强调的部分在as well as之前。
He could speak German as well as Russian.
4. of importance具有重要性
This meeting is of great importance.这次大会具有重要意义。
注意of一般接抽象名词，如value, wealth, education, size等。
The custom may be traced up to the Tang Dynasty.
The school has been in a terrible state for a long time.
where necessary相当于where it was necessary。
由where, when, if等引导的从句，有时可以简写，只保留从句中必要的成分，尤其当其他谓语是it is/was时，通常省略。
He made some marks in the articleswheresnecessary.
He must be somewhere around if not here.
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