"Marsha, I hear that they're going to strip you ofyour valedictorian ranking if you don't pass the gymclass!" Kelly said, as she was stretching her legs.
"Yeah! I get straight A's in everything else but gym!"Marsha replied. "But I thought you flunked in art!"
Jenny said as she stopped from doing her warm-ups to stare at Marsha. "Didn't you do ahorrible job on your stone carving?"
"No! I did fine," Marsha replied. "But I did stop up the sink with too much paper! But theydidn't give me a bad grade because of that!
They just told me to stop by after class for a lesson on not wasting paper!" The girls laughed.
Then, after they finished stretching out, they walked up to the line next to the teacher. Sheheld a stop watch and timed them as they ran around the track.
"Good Marsha! Much Better!" the teacher said. "If you keep straightening out your legs everytime like you just did, I may give you an A for improvement!"
Marsha smiled. "Hey, girls," she asked Kelly and Jenny. "Do you want to stop over at my housethis afternoon?
I need some help stringing out decorations for tomorrow's party!" "Sure," Kelly replied. "We canstop off for a while.
But before that I have to go to the dog pound. My cat strayed from home yesterday and I wantto put up a notice!"
Marsha stopped short of laughing and said, "Great! See you all later then!"
1.stone carving 石刻
例句：She said she was going to take me to see a masterpiece of stone carving.
2.stop by (顺便)过访
例句：Mr. Kostelick wants you to stop by his office at the end of the day.
3.stop off 中途停留，中途下车(飞机等)
例句：I'll stop off for a few days in Paris to visit my cousins.
4.stop over 短期逗留;中途停留
例句：He will stop over at Shanghai for a brief visit on his way home.
5.stop short at (或of) (doing) sth. 在(做)某事前突然刹车(住手)，险些做某事
例句：A clock does not stop short at the precise moment when the key is lost.
6.stop up 塞住，堵住;不睡觉，熬夜
例句："Can I stop up until Uncle Ted arrives?" Paul asked his mother.