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Thursday the 17th of January, 2008
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Hello.

Today we look at more uses and meanings of the word sale.

Today's expression is: Sales Department

Meaning: The part of a company that deals with selling products.

Example 1:
He works in the sales department for Hewlett Packard. He has been working there for more than five years. 

The people who work in the sales department are part of the sales force or sales team and are often called sales representatives.

Example 2:
The Acme group has a sales force of over 3000 representatives.

To be politically correct, we often avoid the words salesman or saleswoman, and just use sales representative (or sales rep, for short).

Example 3:
She is one of the best sales reps in the company. You can't fire her!

If you have any questions about these expressions, please use the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section, which you can access (with your login and password) from our website (www.ziggurat.es).

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Wednesday the 16th of January, 2008
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Hello and good morning!

Today we continue with our look at uses and meanings of the word sale.

Today's expression is: Car boot sale (US: Garage Sale)

Meaning: An outdoor sale where people sell things that they no longer want (from the backs of their cars or from their garage).

Example 1:
They had so many things accumulated in their house that they decided to hold a car boot sale on Sunday morning. Not only did they get rid of a lot of junk (trastos), but they made over one thousand euros!

Example 2:
Garage sales are quite popular in the spring in the United States

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Tuesday the 15th of January, 2008
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SALE-2

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Hello.

Today we continue with our look at uses and meanings of the word sale.

Today's expression is: On sale

It means: Available to be bought, especially in a shop or store. In American English, in particular, this expression can mean 'being offered at a reduced price.'

Example 1:
The tickets for the concert went on sale at 9:00am and by 12:00 noon, they were sold out (sell out = agotarse)!

Example 2:
Everything in the shop is on sale. Everything is discounted 10, 20 and even 50 percent. I saved hundreds of Euros!

Example 3:
He decided not to buy the jacket. Instead, he will wait until it goes on sale in January, since he will save a lot of money.

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Monday the 14th of January, 2008
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Good morning. I hope you enjoyed your weekend.

I have been living in Barcelona for more than thirteen years, and for the first time I have actually gone shopping (yesterday, on a Sunday) to take advantage of the first week of the January sales (rebajas). To celebrate this historic event (I didn't have a very good time), this week we will look at uses and meanings of the word sale.

Today's expression is: For sale

It means: Available to be bought, especially from the owner.

Example 1:
Our neighbours have put their flat up for sale. They are going to move to France. I had no idea. I found out when I saw the 'for sale' sign on the wall.

Example 2:
An increasing number of stolen bicycles are being offered for sale in Barcelona.

The meaning of this word in these contexts is en venta. What text does a 'for sale' sign have on it in Spanish? Usually se vende.

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Friday the 11th of January, 2008
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Good morning. 

Today we finish our series of expressions that use the word year.

Today's expression is: donkey's years

Meaning: a very long time.

Example 1:
He's been working at that company for donkey's years.

Another similar expression is since/from the year dot.

Example 2:
Children have been fascinated by ghost stories since the year dot.

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I hope you have a good day and an excellent weekend!