Opposites◆Attract, but Do Similarities◆ Attract More? Do couples really look alike or is it just our imagination?
For anyone who has asked a couple by mistake if they are related◆, there’s a reason why they might have thought that. Recent studies have found that couples really do look alike. In fact, couples look like each other for a number of reasons.
First of all◆, the old saying “opposites attract” does not necessarily seem to be true. In fact, we are often attracted to people who are similar to us in both interests and appearance. What’s more, people have traditionally met partners within their neighborhood near their homes, at work, or in social groups like clubs. Sharing these backgrounds means sharing many things, which could include some elements of appearance like race or sense of style.
But even if people don’t look like one another when they get together, there’s a good chance they will begin to look more alike in the future. Studies have shown that couples married for 25 years or more often appear similar. One possible reason is that being together for so long means many shared experiences and emotions. This could result in similar wrinkles◆, expressions, and maybe even body types.
1. attract vt. 吸引 be attracted to 受……吸引
Babe Ruth’s home runs attracted a large number of fans to Yankee Stadium.
* stadium n.（无篷）体育场
I am very attracted to the job because it will give me the chance to help others.
2. imagination n. 想象（力）
Being a dancer requires a combination of grace, strength and imagination.
* combination n. 结合，组合
3. by mistake 失误地，不小心地
George took someone else’s suitcase at the airport by mistake.
4. necessarily adv. 必然，必定（常与 not 并用）
Expensive things are not necessarily better.
5. appearance n. 外表
This car is similar to that car in appearance.
6. background n. 背景
The detective looked into the background of the killer.
* detective n. 侦探；刑警
7. result in... 导致∕造成……
The poor conditions of the road resulted in the motorcycle accident.
* condition n. 条件，状况
8. expression n. 表情；表达
Paul had an expression of anger on his face.
◆ opposite n. 相反的人或事物 ◆similarity n. 相似（不可数），相似之处（可数） ◆related a. 有亲戚关系的；有关的 ◆first of all 首先 ◆wrinkle n. 皱纹
☆ alike vs. like
形容词 alike（相像的）和介词 like（像……的）比较：
1. 形容词 alike（相像的）通常置于 look 或 be 动词之后作主词补语，而不可置于名词前修饰。 例 The twins look so much alike that I cannot tell them apart.
2. 介词 like（像……的）后面接受词，形成介词词组修饰主词。 例 Your voice sounds like your mother's.
3. 不论是 alike 或 like，其前都不可用 very 修饰，而应用 very much 或 much。 例 Jonathan's current and previous jobs are very much alike.
强纳森目前的工作跟他的前一份非常雷同。 ☆ What's more, S + V 此外∕而且，……
1. what's more 为表示「此外、而且」的转折词，用来补充前面提到的内容，使用时后面加逗号再接主要子句。 例 My teacher is knowledgeable. What's more, she is very patient with students.
2. 此种用来补充说明的转折词还可用besides、furthermore、moreover、in addition 等。 例 The cake is tasty. In addition, it's very cheap.