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Friday the 28th of September, 2012
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TO WIND UP-1 (EWV)

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Good morning,

Hoy seguimos con nuestro estudio de los significados y usos del verbo inglés TO WIND.

Today's verb is: TO WIND UP
(El verbo de hoy es: TO WIND UP)

Meaning: to finish or end up in a situation, state or place.
(Significado: terminar o acabar en una situación, estado o lugar.)

Example 1:
I fell asleep on the bus and I wound up in the outskirts of the city; I had intended to get off in the city centre.
(Me dormí en el autobús y acabé en las afueras de la ciudad; mi intención era bajarme en el centro de la ciudad.)

Example 2:
Vicky: Do you remember Paul from the marketing department?
(Vicky: ¿Te acuerdas de Paul del departamento de marketing?)
Brenda: Sure. He doesn't work here anymore, does he?
(Brenda: Claro. Ya no trabaja aquí, ¿verdad?)
Vicky: No. He wound up working for the competition and now he's the vice president of the company!
(Vicky: No. Acabó trabajando para la competencia y ¡ahora es el vicepresidente de la empresa!)
Brenda: No kidding! I always knew he was a talented guy.
(Brenda: ¡Vaya! Siempre supe que era una persona con talento.)

El verbo TO WIND UP tiene otros significados, y veremos otros la semana que viene.

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Thursday the 27th of September, 2012
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INTERNET VERBS

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Good morning everyone.

Yesterday we explained the expression TO SEARCH FOR information on the Internet. Today we are going to look at some other common verbs for using the Internet.

TO BROWSE means: to look for information on the Internet (using net browsers like Explorer, Safari, Firefox or Google Chrome).

Example 1:
I used to watch a lot of TV but now I spend my time browsing on-line.

TO GOOGLE means: to use the search engine GOOGLE to look for information.

Example 2:
I googled my name and I was surprised to see how many times it appears on-line.

TO SURF THE INTERNET/NET means: to look around the Internet, going from one website to another.
(Note: This expression is becoming antiquated.)

Example 3:
Surfing the Internet used to be more common, but now most people just use Google to find the information they want.

TO POST means: to leave a comment or information on a webpage.

Example 4:
We love it when our Daily Vitamin readers post comments on our Facebook page.

Remember that tomorrow we present the Essential Weekly Vitamin for Spanish-speaking students of English.

Have a pleasant day!


Wednesday the 26th of September, 2012
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INTERNET SEARCH

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Good morning again.

Today we answer a query from one of our Daily Vitamin readers, Sara. Here is her question.

What verb is better when I want to say 'search on the Internet': 'consult' or 'look it up'? I know 'look it up' is usually used when you search for some information in a book but in Spanish we use "consult" for the internet and I don't know if it is correct in English."

Today's expression is: TO SEARCH FOR something on the Internet

It means: to look for something on the Internet.

Example 1:
She spent several hours searching for information on the Internet about which brand of television to buy.

You can also say: TO DO AN INTERNET SEARCH FOR information

Example 2:
Let's do an Internet search for information about those authors.

Thank you very much for your questions, Sara. As you can see, we don't use the verb TO CONSULT in this context, but you could say "Let's look it up on the Internet." However, it is probably more common to use the verb SEARCH. In fact, Google, Yahoo, etc. are also referred to as search engines, since they help you to search for things on the Internet.

I hope we've answered your question; if you have any doubts, please let us know.

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Tuesday the 25th of September, 2012
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TO LAUNCH

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Good morning.

Today's word is: TO LAUNCH (verb)

Meaning: to present a new project, initiative, or a product to an audience.

Example 1:
We will be launching the presidential campaign next Thursday evening, with a party at the Gilmore Hotel.

Example 2:
The marketing manager wants to launch the new soft drink flavour by giving out free samples.

Launch can also be a noun.

Example 3:
There were around 15 reporters at the book launch, so we will expect some good reviews in tomorrow's newspapers.

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Monday the 24th of September, 2012
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PROPER

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Good morning. I hope everyone had a great weekend.

Today's word is: PROPER

It means: correct, appropriate or respectable.

Example 1:
You need to wear proper clothes for the interview. Jeans and a t-shirt are not acceptable.

Example 2:
Father: You have two university degrees, Melissa! Why can't you find a proper job?
Melissa: I love singing in the band, dad. Why can't YOU just accept it?

Example 3:
It's not considered proper English to say "ain't," although it's quite common in some dialects and in songs.

Have a wonderful day!