李华和Larry要去健身房锻练身体。今天我们要学两个常用语：a slim chance 和 set in stone。
LH: Larry, 咱们好久没去健身房了，今天总算是行动起来了，怎么样，高兴吗？
L: I'm excited about getting in shape, but not about paying gym membership fees. Why can't we just run outside on the street?
L: Well I guess that is true. For most people, there is a slim chance they will continue to exercise without some kind of motivation。
LH: A slim chance? 这是什么意思？
L: When you don't think that something is likely to occur, you can say that there is only a slim chance of it happening。
L: Right. For another example, I decided not to bring an umbrella today because there is only a slim chance it will rain。
L: Most people don't go to the gym right now, so there's only a slim chance it will be crowded。
L: No way! The gym is always trying to get more of your money, so there's a fat chance of that happening。
LH: 什么？ 你说a fat chance? 这是不是和a slim chance相反，表示很有可能？
L: Actually, it's used the same way. It is a sarcastic way of saying that something is very unlikely。
L: Right. For example, my friend John is very unreliable. He said he would help me move this weekend, but there's a fat chance that he actually comes。
LH: 哦，John这个人说话不靠谱，所以他不太可能来帮你搬家。对了Larry, 你说健身房会不会给咱们免费提供健身教练啊？
L: Fat chance of that, Lihua. The gym charges you extra for everything!
LH: Larry, 你今天气儿怎么这么不顺！希望咱们明天来锻练时你能高兴点儿！
L: Fat chance of that, Lihua. I'm sure my muscles will be so sore tomorrow I won't even be able to walk!
LH: Larry, 我要去找跑步机了，你打算干什么？举杠铃么？
L: Hmmm ... First I'm going to find a McDonalds. I need to eat something to get some energy for my workout!
L: Sure, but there are some exceptions to that rule, right? It's not set in stone。
LH: Set in stone? 这是什么意思？
L: You can say that something is set in stone if it is impossible to change。
L: Right. Here's another example. I asked my boss if she could give me a raise, but she said that because the company wasn't doing well, my salary was set in stone for this year。
L: Right. So Lihua, what do you think of this gym?
L: Well if you don't like it, we can always change to another gym. Our decision to come here isn't set in stone。
L: Sure! The membership isn't set in stone. I'm sure you can upgrade it without much trouble。
LH: 太好了！ Larry, 我们制定一个健身计划，每个礼拜一三五都来锻练，怎么样？
L: That sounds good, but it won't be set in stone. Sometimes I will have to miss a workout if I have to work late。
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