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Friday the 29th of June, 2007
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TO CHOKE

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Good morning.

A couple of days ago one of our Daily Vitamin users, Sebastián, asked what the word choking meant. He saw it in the following text:

His death, the circumstances of which are still a matter of debate,
is thought to have been caused either by his choking on a piece of meat,
or by a heart attack


Today's expression is: to choke on something

It means: to be unable to breathe because the passage to your lungs is blocked or you cannot get enough air.

Example 1:
You must be careful with small toys; they can choke a baby.

Example 2:
He was choking on a piece of fish.

Thanks for the question Sebastián.

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Have a great weekend.



Thursday the 28th of June, 2007
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ABOVE AND BEYOND (REVISION)

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Good Morning!

Yesterday we revised a Daily Vitamin from long ago. Today we repeat the first Daily Vitamin ever sent, on October 23, 2003.

Today's expression is: ABOVE AND BEYOND (something)

It means: MORE THAN

Example 1:
The support given to us by the police was ABOVE AND BEYOND what we expected.

Example 2:
The number of hours that she puts into her job is definitely ABOVE AND BEYOND the call of duty. (=more than is expected of her)

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Wednesday the 27th of June, 2007
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TO PLAY IT BY EAR (REVISION)

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Good morning.

Today's Daily Vitamin was originally sent in November of 2003. However, the other day I received a comment about today's expression from Narcís Ferrer, so I thought it would be a good idea to repeat it.

Today's expression is: To play it by ear

It means: To deal with a situation without having a clear plan; to improvise; to react to things as they happen.

Example:
Speaker 1: What do you want to do tonight?
Speaker 2: I don't know; we can just play it by ear.

This informal expression is used quite often in day to day conversation.

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Tuesday the 26th of June, 2007
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REACH AN AGREEMENT

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Good morning.

Today's expression isto reach an agreement

Meaning: An agreement is an arrangement, a promise or a contract made with someone. If you reach an agreement, you arrive or come to an agreement.

My students often say arrive to an agreement in conversation. Of course, it is completely understandable, but we usually use the verb "reach" or the phrasal verb "come to" and not "arrive."

Example 1
The management and employees finally reached an agreement

Example 2:
The two sides failed to reach an agreement, so the elections will have to be repeated.

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Monday the 25th of June, 2007
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IGNORE

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Good morning. I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend.

Today's word isignore (verb)

Meaning: to pay no attention to something; to pretend that you have not seen somebody or to pretend that somebody is not there.

Example 1
Fabio is completely ignoring the president of the club. I think he is upset about talks with Mr Schuster.

Example 2:
He ignored the 'No Smoking' signs and lit up a cigarette.

Notice that ignore DOES NOT mean to not know something. How would you translate the following sentence to English?

i) Ignoro cuándo volverá.

The correct answer is "I don't know when she will return." I CANNOT say "I ignore when she will return."

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I hope you have a good day.