Time is tangible. One can gain time, spend time, waste time, save tame, or even kill time. Common questions in American English reveal this concrete quality as though time were a possession. "Do you have any time?", "Can you get some time for this?", "How much free time do you have?" The treatment of time as a possession influences the way that time is carefully divided.
Generally, Americans are taught to do one thing at a time and may be uncomfortable when an activity is interrupted. In businesses, the careful scheduling of time and the separation of activities are common practices.
Appointment calendars are printed with 15-, 30-, and 60-niinute time slots. The idea that "there is a time and place for everything" extends to American social life. Visitors who drop by without prior notice may interrupt their host’s personal time. Thus, calling friends on the telephone before visiting them is generally preferred to visitors' dropping by. (157 words)
Useful Words and Expressions:
kill time 消磨时间
a man of great possessions富人
In full possession of one’s senses神智非常清醒
How did you get possession of it?你是怎样得到它的？
He gave up possession Of the house．他放弃了这房子的所有权。
The information in my possession is strictly confidential .我掌握的情报是绝对机密的。
drop by v.随便访问