The Wright brothers were quite possibly two of the greatest inventors that have ever lived. 
萊特兄弟極可能是史上最偉大的發明家之一。
Wilbur Wright, born in April of 1867, was a quiet but very smart boy. 
魏爾柏‧萊特生於1867年的四月,是個沉默寡言卻相當聰明的男生。
On the contrary, his younger brother, Orville, was a troublemaker during his youth.
他弟弟奧維爾則恰恰相反,年輕時是個愛惹麻煩的小夥子。 
However, Orville was also intelligent, just like his brother.
不過奧維爾就像他哥一樣聰明。
Their curiosity was endless, and they loved to experiment with technology.
他們有無窮的好奇心,而且喜愛用科技來進行實驗。

The Wright brothers started their own bicycle company in 1892. 
萊特兄弟於1892年自行開創腳踏車公司。
The success of this business sparked their interest in flying.
而這樁事業的成功也引發了他們對飛行的興趣。
The brothers then began to study and experiment with flying machines.
兄弟倆接著便開始研究實驗飛行機器。
For years, they worked hard but got few results in return.
他們奮鬥多年,但卻得不到什麼結果。

On December 17, 1903, Wilbur and Orville Wright made history in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. 
1903年的十二月十七日,魏爾柏和奧維爾‧萊特在北卡羅萊納州的小鷹鎮創造了歷史。
On this day, the world's first engine-powered airplane took off.
這一天,世界首架以引擎為動力的飛機起飛了。
Although this flight was only 12 seconds long, it was their patience and creativity that put them into the history books. 
雖然此次的飛行時間僅有十二秒之久,但就是他們的耐心及創意使他們名留青史。 

1.possibly adv. 可能,也許
Ian is possibly the laziest student in class.
伊恩也許是班上最懶惰的學生。
2.intelligent a. 聰明的,有智慧的
The intelligent man knew the solution.
那個聰明的人明白解決之道。
3.spark vt. 激發(興趣)
The book sparked Mario's interest in snakes.
這本書引起了馬利歐對蛇的興趣
4.on the contrary  恰恰相反
I love outdoor activities. On the contrary, my brother likes to stay indoors.
我喜愛戶外活動。我哥則恰恰相反,他喜歡待在室內。
5.experiment with...  試驗……
Megan experimented with different colors while she was painting.
梅根試驗用不同的顏色來畫那幅畫。
6.in return  作為……的回報
I will buy you the purse. In return, you can make me dinner.
我會買皮包給妳。妳可以煮晚餐給我吃來回報我。

7.inventor n. 發明家
8.troublemaker n. 惹事生非者
9.curiosity n. 好奇心
10.engine-powered a. 以引擎為動力的
11.creativity n. 創意,創造力

飛行演進

  萊特兄弟於1903年成功地完成了世界上最早的動力飛行。但第一架成功離開陸地飛行的飛機,卻是由英國人喬治.凱利(George Cayley)創造出來的,他也被後人譽為『航空之父』。他曾多次改良滑翔機,並在1849年讓人坐著他的滑翔機升空。德國的奧圖‧李連塔(Otto Lilienthal)則根據鳥類的飛行方法,在1892至1897年間製造出十八架滑翔機,並進行上千次的滑翔實驗,可惜他不幸在一次飛行意外中喪命。這也讓萊特兄弟決定,需要研發出以引擎為動力的大型飛機,並找出更適合的控制方法。第一次世界大戰爆發之前,飛機僅用於運輸旅客、貨物及偵查敵情,但到了二次世界大戰間,飛機卻成為決定勝敗的主要關鍵,這或許是當初萊特兄弟所始料未及的。
The Wright brothers were quite possibly two of the greatest inventors that have ever lived.
(萊特兄弟極可能是史上最偉大的發明家之一。)
ever 不可隨意用在肯定句中,常見用法如下:
1.在肯定句中與最高級形容詞並用:
若名詞前有最高級形容詞加以修飾時,其後常接由關係代名詞 that 引導的含現在完成式之形容詞子句,此時完成式助動詞 have/has 之後經常可加 ever 予以強調。例:
Ned is the kindest person I've ever met.(奈德是我遇過最和善的人。)
2.與 if 子句並用。例:
I wonder if you've ever heard this song.(不知道你有沒有聽過這首歌。)
3.與疑問句並用。例:
Have you ever been to Spain ?(你曾去過西班牙嗎?)

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