abbreviation n.缩写, 缩写词
abide vt. 容忍
abide by 遵守，履行
abolish vt. 废止, 废除(法律、制度、习俗等)
abortion n. 流产, 堕胎
abound vi. 1. 大量存在 2.(in,with)充满 ,富于
abreast ad. 并列，并排
keep abreast of 与……齐头并进，了解……的最新情况
abrupt a. 1. 突然的,意外的 2.(举止、言谈等)唐突的，鲁莽的
abstain vi. 1.弃权 2.(from)戒除
absurd a. 荒谬的，荒唐的
abundance n. 大量，丰富，充足
in abundance 充足，丰富
accessory n. 1.附件，零件，配件 2.[常pl.](妇女手提包之类的)装饰品 3.同谋，帮凶，包庇犯
acclaim vt. 向……欢呼，为……喝彩 n. 称赞，欢迎
accommodate vt. 1.容纳 2.向……提供住处(或膳宿) 3.使适应，顺应
accomplice n. 共犯，从犯
accountable a. 负有责任的
ace n. 1.(纸牌等中的)幺点，“A”牌 2.(网球等比赛中)发球得分 3.(在某方面的)佼佼者 a. 第一流的，杰出的
acoustic a. 1.听觉的，声音的 2.(乐器)原声的
acquaint vt. (with)使认识，使了解，使熟悉
acquit vt. 1.宣判……无罪 2.(oneself)使(自己)作出某种表现
activate vt. 使活动起来，使开始起作用
Accommodating a Pregnancy
Xiaomin never thought abortion was a big deal. As he became acquainted with American politics , however , he realized you have to work hard to keep abreast of changing values to truly understand how absurdly controversial this issue has become. He found out from his American friends that opinions are in abundance of how to teach people to be accountablefor their actions, how to make people abide by Family Planning laws, and even how to teach people just to abstain from sex. The significance of this issue became abruptly clear when Xiaomin's best friend, Jeff, got his girlfriend pregnant.
Jeff was an acclaimed graduate student who was living an abnormal life from other Americans just by attending a Chinese university to get his Ph.D.(Ph.D. is an abbreviation for Doctor of Philosophy, the highest degree available in a university). Jeff was also an ace soccer player and acoustic guitar player. There was also alway an abundance of women around him. This is how he met Sarah.
When Sarah became pregnant with Jeff, his friends suddenly treated him as if he was an accessory to murder. Jeff also felt as if he needed to be acquitted of some crime. But he decided in the end that he and his accomplice, Sarah, would keep the baby. According to Jeff and Sarah, the life of their child was more important than their career. Xiaomin was amazed. Keeping the child would abolish any chance of a successful career for Jeff. And in Xiaomin's eyes, one could activate the process for an abortion with a simple visit to the doctor even though there might be lines, three people abreast.
But Jeff and Sarah were firm in their decision and Xiaomin had to abide his friends' decision. Life abounded in surprises. Now Jeff and Sarah were leaving school and returning to the United States. They would do everying they could to accommodate themselves to their new situation.
杰夫是位颇受赞扬的研究生，他的生活和其他美国人相比是有些反常，因为他在一所中国大学里读博士学位(Ph.D.是Doctor of Philosorhy的缩写，是大学里能够获得的最高学位)。杰夫还是一名优秀的足球运动员和原声吉他手，他身边总是有一大堆女人围着他，他就是这样和萨拉相识的。