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Friday the 16th of November, 2018
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PHRASAL VERBS V. FORMAL VOCAB (THROW AWAY)

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Happy Friday, Daily Vitamin readers! Today we complete our Phrasal Verb vs. Formal Vocabulary theme by looking at the phrasal verb TO THROW AWAY and the more-formal verb TO DISCARD.  

Definition of TO THROW AWAY: To discard something when it is no longer needed. 

Example 1: You can throw those boxes away

Example 2: I think I accidentally threw away an important document! 

Formal equivalent: TO DISCARD.

Definition: To throw away or set aside something when it is no longer needed. 

Example 3: He decided to donate the items rather than discard them. 

Example 4: You can discard these instructions after you build this new desk. 

Example 5: For this game, you must discard one card after your turn. 

That's all for this week. We hope you like the new verbs and phrasal verbs that you learned! Next week, we will learn some idioms for being thankful.

Have a great weekend and we'll see you on Monday!



Thursday the 15th of November, 2018
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PHRASAL VERBS V. FORMAL VOCAB (LEAVE OUT)

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Hello everyone! I hope you are having a nice week.

Today we continue with our Phrasal Verb / Formal Vocabulary pairs by looking at the phrasal verb TO LEAVE OUT and the verb TO OMIT.  

Definition of TO LEAVE OUT: To NOT include something or someone. 

Example 1: I left the salt out of this recipe. Does it taste OK?

Example 2: When I told my parents about my trip to Bali, I left out some details about how dangerous it was to surf in the big waves!

Formal equivalent: TO OMIT.

Definition: To exclude something or someone.

Example 3: My boss asked me to omit some important details from my report about the office spending. I think he's hiding something. 

NOTE: the phrasal verb TO LEAVE OUT has other meanings. We are only looking at this one definition today.

That's all for today. As always, thank you for reading!



Wednesday the 14th of November, 2018
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PHRASAL VERBS V. FORMAL VOCAB (HAND IN)

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Welcome back everyone!

As you may know, this week we are looking at Phrasal Verbs / Formal Vocabulary pairs. We are looking at a phrasal verb and its more formal equivalent word. Today we look at TO HAND IN and its more formal equivalent, TO SUBMIT.  

Definition of TO HAND IN: To give or turn in something; to submit something. 

Example 1: Please hand in your test when you're finished.

Example 2: Did you hand in your review of our services? You could win £100 in our drawing later this month!

Formal equivalent: TO SUBMIT SOMETHING

Definition: To hand something in; to give something to someone. 

Example 3: Please submit all of the required documents. We cannot process your paperwork until we have all of the necessary papers. 

Example 4: I submitted my request to transfer to another office. Cross your fingers that it is approved!

Do you notice that the phrasal verb (which is typically less formal) is used for less formal situations, while the more formal verb is for more formal situations? And did you notice how similar these two definitions are? They are true synonyms. It is nice to have both options in your vocabulary. 

That's all for today. Thank you for reading!



Tuesday the 13th of November, 2018
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PHRASAL VERBS V. FORMAL VOCAB (PUT OFF)

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Hello and happy Tuesday everyone!

If you read yesterday's Daily Vitamin, then you know that this week's theme is Phrasal Verbs and their Formal-Vocabulary equivalents. English often has a phrasal verb that is the less formal equivalent of a formal word or phrase. This week, we will look at both. Today we are looking at the phrasal verb TO PUT OFF and its more formal equivalent verb, TO POSTPONE.  

Definition of TO PUT OFF: To postpone; to decide to complete a scheduled event/action at a later date. 

Example 1: I put off writing my essay and now I have to write it all tonight. It's due tomorrow. 

Example 2: I put off buying tickets for our flight to Australia. Now the prices are really high. 

Formal equivalent: TO POSTPONE

Definition: To arrange for something to happen at a later date than when it was originally scheduled. 

Example 3: I'm sorry, but I will have to postpone our meeting. I'm not feeling well. 

Example 4: We have to postpone the wedding. There was a fire at the venue. 

Please note that the phrasal verb TO PUT OFF has other meanings. We are only focusing on one today. For other meanings, check out Word Reference.

That's all for today. Thank you for reading! We will see you tomorrow.



Monday the 12th of November, 2018
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PHRASAL VERBS vs. FORMAL VOCAB (COME UP WITH)

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Hello everyone! How was your weekend? I hope that you enjoyed it and were able to relax. 

This week's theme is Phrasal Verbs vs. Formal Vocabulary. English often has a phrasal verb that is the less-formal equivalent of a formal word or phrase. This week, we will look at these pairs. Today we begin with the three-word phrasal verb (TO) COME UP WITH and its formal equivalent "normal" verb, (TO) DEVISE.  

Definition of TO COME UP WITH: To think of an idea or plan. 

Example 1: Can you come up with some ideas for a name for my new dog?

Example 2: How many ideas did you come up with for dinner?

Formal equivalent: TO DEVISE (SOMETHING)

Definition: To plan or invent.

Example 3: They devised a way to spend less money while also still saving for vacation.

Example 4: We need to devise a plan for this new project. 

Hopefully you notice something about the examples. The less formal phrasal verb is used for things that are less formal (like ideas for parties). The more formal verb (DEVISE) is for more formal or serious things (like plans for important projects, or projects related to money). You will see this theme throughout our lessons this week. 

That's all for today. Thank you for reading!