The good thing about Christmas #2『A Christmas Mistake』

A Christmas Mistake (Learn Japanese by reading stories)

Keith, the oldest boy, was coiled up on the sofa calmly working out some algebra problems, quite oblivious to the noise around him.

A Christmas Mistake

subject with particle: ちょうなんの・キースが
dictionary form predicate: べんきょう・する
長男のキースは勉強していました。

But he looked up from his slate, with his pencil suspended above an obstinate equation, to declaim with a flourish:

A Christmas Mistake

subject: かれが
predicate: ねつべん・する
modifier: べんきょうの・てをとめて
彼は勉強の手を止めて熱弁しました。

"Christmas comes but once a year, And then Mother wishes it wasn't here."

A Christmas Mistake

subject: かあさんは
predicate: きらい
modifier: クリスマスが
「母さんはクリスマスが嫌いなんだ」

"I don't, then," said Gordon, son number two, who was preparing his own noon lunch of bread and molasses at the table, and making an atrocious mess of crumbs and sugary syrup over everything.

A Christmas Mistake

subject: わたしは
predicate: すき
modifier: クリスマスが
「私はクリスマスが好きです」

subject: じなんの・ゴードンが
predicate: つくる
modifier: まずそうな・りょうりを
次男のゴードンは不味そうな料理を作っていました。

"I know one thing to be thankful for, and that is that there'll be no school.

A Christmas Mistake

subject: がっこうが
predicate: やすみ
「学校が休みになるから」

We'll have a whole week of holidays."

A Christmas Mistake

subject: わたしたちは
predicate: うけとる
modifier: いっしゅうかんの・やすみを
「一週間の休みがとれます」

Gordon was noted for his aversion to school and his affection for holidays.

A Christmas Mistake

subject: ゴードンは
predicate: きらい
modifier: がっこうが
ゴードンは学校が嫌いでした。

Reference : Short Stories by L. M. Montgomery(project gutenberg)
Japanese grammar and condensed translation

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