First listen and then answer the question.
What was wrong with the man's story?
‘At the time the murder was committed, I was travelling on the 8 o'clock train to London,’said the man.
‘Do you always catch such an early train?’asked the inspector.
‘Of course I do,’answered the man.‘I must be at work at 10
o'clock. My employer will confirm that I was there on time.’
‘Would a later train get you to work on time?’asked the inspector.
‘I suppose it would, but I never catch a later train.’
‘At what time did you arrive at the station?’
‘At ten to eight. I bought a paper and waited for the train.’
‘And you didn't notice anything unusual?’
‘Of course not.’
‘I suggest,’said the inspector,‘that you are not telling the truth. I suggest that you did not catch the 8 o'clock train, but that you caught the 8.25 which would still get you to work on time. You see, on the morning of the murder, the 8 o'clock train did not run at all. It broke down at Ferngreen station and was taken off the line.’
alibi (title) /'ælibai/n. 不在犯罪现场
confirm (1.5) /kən'fəm/v. 确认，证实
commit (1.1) /kə'mit/ v. 犯(罪、错)
suggest (1.13)/səg'dʒest/ v. 提醒
inspector (1.3)/in'spektə/ n. 探长
truth (1.13)/tru:θ/n. 真相
employer (1.5)/im'plɔiə/n. 雇主
Notes on the text 课文注释
1 At the time the murder was committed, the murder was committed可以看作是定语从句修饰time。at the time意为at the moment when something happened。
2 on time，准时。
3 And you didn't notice anything unusual? 难道你没有注意到有什么异常情况？
4 the 8.25是指8点25分的火车。