Half-baked Plan - Earth
M51: Dr. Spitzer! Dr. Spitzer!
Dr. Spitzer: Hello, M51.
M51: Dr. Spitzer, yesterday was my birthday! It was so much fun! We had cake and we played games and I got a bunch of presents!
Dr. Spitzer: I’m glad you had a good time, M51.
M51: Now I have to wait a year for my nest birthday. That’s so much away.
Dr. Spitzer: Well, how long is a year on the planet you come from?
M51: What do you mean?
Dr. Spitzer: A year is the amount of time it takes a planet like the Earth to go all the way around the Sun. Different planets take different of time.
Dr. Spitzer: Sure. The closer the planet is to the sun, the shorter its year is.
M51: So what you’re saying is…if the Earth were really close to the Sun, my birthday would come around a lot sooner?(請參見文法提示)
Dr. Spitzer: Yes…but --
M51: Great, thanks Dr. Spitzer! See you later!
Dr. Spitzer: Wait! M51!
Dr. Spitzer: Something tells me I’m not going to like this…
M51: OK, Gizmo! I want it to be my birthday again soon. So we need to move the Earth closer to the Sun!
Gizmo: Moving Earth closer to the Sun.
M51: It’s working! It’s working!
M51: Hi, Dr. Spitzer! What’s new?
Dr. Spitzer: M51, you’ve got to put the Earth back where it belongs.
M51: But it’s going to be my birthday soon! Why is it so windy?
Dr. Spitzer: The Sun’s solar wind is blasting our atmosphere off into space!
Dr. Spitzer: Very soon, we won’t have enough oxygen to breathe.
M51: No problem! Gizmo, make more oxygen!
Gizmo: More oxygen, pronto.
Dr. Spitzer: Plus, we need water. On planets too close to the Sun, water boils off and escapes into space!
M51: Wow. I didn’t know moving the Earth was such a big deal.
Dr. Spitzer: Yes, M51. You need to move us away from the Sun. But not too far away, or the Earth’s water will freeze.
M51: It sounds like the Earth needs to be in just the right spot.
Dr. Spitzer: Yes, we call that the “habitable zone”, not too far, not too close…just the right distance to support life.
M51: What if we all wear space suits?
Dr. Spitzer: M51!
M51: Ok, Ok, I’ll put the Earth back. Gizmo, undo!
Dr. Spitzer: Well, I hope you learned something from all of this, M51.
M51: Don’t worry, Dr. Spitzer, this one’s going RIGHT on the list! Gizmo?
Gizmo: Accessing list.
M51: The printing’s too small. Gizmo, can you blow up the screen a little?
Gizmo: Blowing up screen.
Dr. Spitzer: Wait--!
Dr. Spitzer: I really need to take that thing away from him.
if the Earth were really close to the Sun, my birthday would come around a lot sooner?
這也就是為什麼英文將這個文法稱作 mood (語氣)、也稱作 mode (模式)；也就是指它們的動詞用的mode(模式)不同。(詳請參見文法書 p103-124)
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