Nowadays, it is generally accepted that reading is of quite (much) importance. But when it comes to how to read, there has sprung up a heated discussion as to whether we should read selectively or read extensively.
Some people are in favor of the idea of reading selectively. First, they believe that it is not how much one reads but what he reads that really counts. In addition, since one's time and effort (efforts) are limited, we (he) should read books that are suited to our (his) interests and needs.
However, those who insist on reading extensively argue that it is through reading extensively that one can broaden his horizon. Only when one reads widely, can he really make remarkable achievements in his study.
In my opinion, we should read selectively on the basis of reading extensively. For one thing, by reading widely we can keep ourselves well informed of as much knowledge as possible. For another, without selection, reading may become aimless and blind, which makes reading ineffective. Therefore, we should combine selective reading and extensive reading.【点评】
首先，长句短句错落有致。本文中句式多样，，各段长短句搭配合理，如首段中第一句话简洁明了引出事实背景，然后通过when it comes to…句型自然过渡到要讨论的主题。文中对长句的运用，体现了作者较强的语言功底。
其次，主动被动运用合理。本文首句使用被动结构it is generally accepted that…引出普遍存在的事实，恰当准确，符合书面语的文体风格。而文中其他地方尽管没有更多地运用被动语态，也是从实际的表达需要出发，并不影响本文的整体效果。
Directions: For this part, you are allowed 30 minutes to write a composition on the topic Do “Lucky Numbers” Really Bring Good Luck? You should write at least 100 words, and base your composition on the outline(given in Chinese) below:
Some people say that "lucky numbers" can bring them good luck. They believe that lucky numbers make them feel safe or energetic and so they can deal with problems better.
However, others don't believe that numbers have any connection with good luck. They think such idea (such kind of idea/such an idea) is only a superstitious belief. In fact, numbers is only number. Luck is only luck. There is no relations (relationship) between them. So far as I am concerned, "lucky numbers" have nothing to do with good luck. If lucky numbers really worked , we were not to fail anything. Numbers can never bring good luck to a person at all and our fortune is in our own hands. Therefore, everyone can have good fortune only if he tries his best.【点评】
Some people say that some numbers will bring them good luck. Take 8 for example. The Chinese pronunciation of the number “8” has almost the same sound as that of the Chinese character "发", which means making a fortune. Therefore, many Chinese people spare no money to get their telephone number or car number to include this number "8". They believe without any doubt that the number will bring them money.
However, others don't believe that numbers have any connection with good luck. They think such kind of idea is only an ignorant and superstitious belief. They will say: How can you ever have any good luck simply because of some lucky numbers, even if you don't work hard, don't have good opportunities and don't get along well with the people around you?
So far as I am concerned, I agree with the latter. Obviously, such belief is only a kind of superstition. Perhaps it holds true for some cases, but often it does not. Numbers can never bring good luck to a person at all and our fortune is in our own hands. Therefore, everyone can have good fortune only if he tries his best. Let's always remember "Opportunities are only for the prepared mind"and "No pains, no gains."
首先，遣词用语准确地道。如第一段第四句中spare(吝惜，节约)一词就用的很准，形象地刻画出这类人的心态。紧接着第五句中的without any doubt(不假思索)的使用也非常恰当，提醒读者不假思索地相信幸运数字是缺乏辩证思维的。另外，最后一段中的hold true也是典型的英语表达方式，显现出本文用语的地道。