1. settle down 舒适地坐下或躺下；（使）安静、安顿、安心；习惯于新的生活方式/工作等
she settled down in an armchair to read her book. 她舒适地坐在扶手椅上看书。
when are you going to marry and settle down? 你什么时候结婚过上安定生活?
settle down to doing sth.使……安下心来做某事
settle (down) in ... 在……定居下来
settle a dispute/an argument/an issue 解决争端/争论/问题
new water wells encouraged people near the wells. (2009·12·陕西西安检测)
a. to be settled down b. to settle down
c. to be settling down d. to live down
something is disturbing him, so he can’t (安下心来) his work.
he finally settled down to (do) his homework.
解析: (1)选b。考查固定搭配。encourage sb. to do sth. 鼓励某人做某事；settle down 定居。
(2)settle down to
2. catch sight of 看见
she said that she caught sight of me in the crowd. 她说她在人群中一下子就看见了我。
at first sight 初次见到时；乍看上去
at the sight of 一看见……就……
lose sight of 看不见
out of sight 看不见（视野之外）
in/within sight 看得见；在眼前
there was nobody when the man came round the corner. (2009·12·江西安福检测)
a. out of sight b. at sight
c. lose sight d. in sight
解析:选d。根据句意可知,空格处的意思应该是“视野之内；看见”。in sight 看得见；在眼前。
3. as far as 远到，直到；至于
i’ll walk with you as far as the post office. 我会陪你走到邮局。
i’ve read as far as the third chapter. 我已读到第三章了。
as far as sb. can see/tell/ remember 就某人看来/所说/所记得
as/so far as sb./sth. is concerned 就某人/事而言
far from sth. 毫不；一点也不； 远非
so far, so good. (谚) 到目前为止，一切都很顺利。
① (对我个人来说), you can do what you like.
②the problem is (绝非易事).
③we’ll go by train (直到) london, and then take a bus.
答案：①as far as i’m concerned ②far from easy ③as far as
4. in the distance 在远处；在远方
we can see the mountain in the distance. 我们从远处就可以看到那座山。
night fell, the hills in the distance turn dark blue. 夜色渐近，远处的山变成了深蓝色。
at a distance 隔一段距离，距离稍远一些
from a distance 从远方
keep a distance 别靠近；保持距离
keep sb. at a distance 对某人保持疏远
①we can see a windmill the distance.
②the picture looks better a distance.
5. have a gift for 对……有天赋
gifted adj. 有天赋的，有才的
he has a gift for dancing.他有跳舞的天赋。
mother has a gift for making people feel at home. 妈妈有一种总让人感觉像在自己家一样的天赋。
the composer is also a gifted pianist. 这位作曲家也是位很有天赋的钢琴家。
you have a for music and i think you can have a chance to be a great singer.
a. power b. skill c. energy d. gift
解析：选d。考查固定搭配。have a gift for对……有天赋。