Demographic indicators show that Americans in the post war period were more
eager than ever to establish families. They quickly brought down the age at marriage
for both men and women and brought the birth rate to a twentieth century height __1__
after more than a hundred years of a steady decline, producing the "baby boom." __2__
These young adults established a trend of early marriage and relatively large
families that went for more than two decades and caused a major but temporary __3__
reversal of long-term demographic patterns. From the 1940s through the early
1960s, Americans married at a high rate and at a younger age than their __4__
Europe counterparts. __5__
Less noted but equally more significant, the men and women who formed __6__
families between 1940 and 1960 nevertheless reduced the divorce rate after a __7__
postwar peak; their marriages remained intact to a greater extent than did that of __8__
couples who married in earlier as well as later decades. Since the United States __9__
maintained its dubious distinction of having the highest divorce rate in the world,
the temporary decline in divorce did not occur in the same extent in Europe. __10__
Contrary to fears of the experts, the role of breadwinner and homemaker was not
height可以作"极点,顶点"解释.例如:The height of cleverness is to conceal one's cleverness.
2. 将第二个不定冠词a 去掉.
steady decline 意为持续的下降,前面不用加冠词.又如:years of hard work.根据语感可以判断出来.
此处是"持续"的意思,所以可以用went on 或者last来表达.
8. 将that 改为those.
10. 将in改为to.短语to the extent是固定搭配.