1. I was planning to write a book about a boy wizard, but J.K. Rowling beat me to the punch.2. I was going to eat the last piece of pie, but my sister beat me to it.
 beat one to the punch beat one to something這是正統的美語說法.
這是一個連環問題: 燃燒石油導致二氧化碳增加，二氧化碳增加導致溫室效應，溫室效應導致冰層融化、海平面上升。 (請填空)
This is a chain of problems. Burning oil leads to increase in carbon dioxide, which leads to the greenhouse effect, which leads to melting of glaciers, which leads to rising sea leves.