Generally speaking, aBritish is widely regarded as a quiet, shy and conservative person who is (1) only among those with whom he is acquainteD、When a stranger is at present, he often seems nervous, (2) embarrasseD、You have to take a commuter train any morning or evening to (3) the truth of this. Serious-looking businessmen and women sit reading their newspapers or dozing in a corner; hardly anybody talks, since to do so would be considered quite offensive. (4) , there is an unwritten but clearly understood code of behavior which, (5) broken, makes the offender immediately the object of (6) .
It has been known as a fact that aBritish has a (7) for the discussion of their weather and that, if given a chance, he will talk about it (8) . Some people argue that it is because theBritish weather seldom (9) forecast and hence becomes a source of interest and (10) to everyone. This may be so. (11) aBritish cannot have much (12) in the weathermen, who, after promising fine, sunny weather for the following day, are often proved wrong (13) a cloud over theAtlantic brings rainy weather to all districts! The man in the street seems to be as accurate — or as inaccurate — as the weathermen in his (14) . Foreigners may be surprised at the number of references (15) weather that theBritish make to each other in the course of a single day. Very often conversational greetings are (16) by comments on the weather. "Nice day, isn’t it " "Beautiful!" may well be heard instead of "Good morning, how are you " (17) the foreigner may consider this exaggerated and comic, it is worthwhile pointing out that it could be used to his advantage. (18) he wants to start a conversation with aBritish but is (19) to know where to begin, he could do well to mention the state of the weather. It is a safe subject which will (20) an answer from even the most reserved of theBritish. [A] Since [B]Although[C] However[D] Only if