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Friday the 28th of April, 2006
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OPPOSITE CONNECTORS: DESPITE or IN SPITE OF

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Good morning! Remember that next Monday, May 1, there will be no Daily Vitamin due to the holiday. Today we will finish our look at connectors that contrast opposite or contradictory ideas. Today's connector is: despite or in spite of It is used: for saying that something happens even though something else might have prevented it. Example 1 Despite widespread opposition, the last Spanish government decided to send soldiers to Iraq. Example 2 Despite the difficulties, we managed to finish the project on time. Example 3 In spite of the difficulties, we managed to finish the project on time. If what follow despite is a sentence, you must use despite the fact that... Example 4 She still loves him, despite the fact that he left her to raise three children by herself. If you have any questions about today's Daily Vitamin, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website. Have a good day and an excellent weekend!

Thursday the 27th of April, 2006
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OPPOSITE CONNECTORS: ALTHOUGH

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Hello. Today we are continuing with our look at connectors that contrast opposite or contradictory ideas. Today's word is: although It is used: to introduce a statement that makes your main statement seem surprising, or that makes your main statement seem less true. Example 1 She is a very popular writer, although personally I find her novels very boring. Example 2 Although most people I know have a place to live, food and a job, they spend a large percentage of their day complaining. Perhaps they should spend more time being thankful for what they have! Example 3 I love living in Barcelona, although sometimes I miss my family. When you read in English, try to notice how this and other connectors are used. You will improve your understanding of them little by little. If you have any questions about although, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website. Have an excellent day!

Wednesday the 26th of April, 2006
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OPPOSITE CONNECTORS: ON THE OTHER HAND

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Hello. Today we will continue with our look at connectors that contrast opposite or contradictory ideas. Today's connector is: on the other hand It is used: to give another ("contrastive") point of view. Example 1 Your sister is starting to look old. On the other hand, she is still very beautiful. Example 2 I think expanding the company is a good idea. On the other hand, it would be a shame to lose the "family" atmosphere that we have been able to maintain over the years. Example 3 Janet is really doing a great job in the finance department. On the other hand, I think she is a little too ambitious? Sometimes we use the more-informal expression then again instead. Example 4 Janet is really doing a great job in the finance department. Then again, I think she is a little too ambitious? If you have any questions about on the other hand, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website. Enjoy the rest of your day!

Tuesday the 25th of April, 2006
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OPPOSITE CONNECTORS: HOWEVER

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Good morning everybody! Over the years, we have received a lot of requests to give information about Connectors or linking words in English. Connectors are used to show relationships between ideas. During the week of the 14th to the 18th of last November 2005, we looked at connectors that continue the same idea or add another fact or idea to what you have already said (also, moreover, furthermore, besides, etc). For the rest of this week, we will look at connectors that contrast opposite ideas. Today's word is: however It is used: to give "surprising" information or to change the subject. In informal language, we often use the word but instead. Example 1 Learning English can be a very fun activity. However, if you really want to learn you have to be consistent and work a little bit each day. Example 2 I understand your problem. However, I can't help you. Example 3 It has been very nice to speak with you, Janet. However, I didn't come here to see you. Is Anne here? Notice that in all of these examples, however introduces a phrase that in some way "contradicts" or contrasts with the first part of the sentence. If you have any questions about however, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website. Have a great day!

Monday the 24th of April, 2006
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TO PAY FOR

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Good morning. I hope you had a good weekend. Which one of these sentences is INcorrect? i) If you pay the dinner, I'll pay the cinema tickets. ii) If you pay for the dinner, I'll pay for the cinema tickets. Sentence (i) is INCORRECT because when we use the verb to pay to mean to buy, we MUST include the verb particle for, like in sentence (ii). The structure of the verb pay for is: PAY + (SOMEONE) + FOR + SOMETHING We don't always directly include the someone in the sentence, but it is understood. Example 1: My friend Jay is very tight (tacaño). He never pays for anything. It's a wonder he still has friends. Example 2: If you pay for the food, I'll buy the drinks. However, we can use to pay without for when we talk about paying the bill or paying taxes, because in these cases we are not buying anything. Example 3: Nancy: I want to pay for the dinner, honey. Carlos: Okay. This time I'll let you pay the bill. But tomorrow, I'll pay for lunch. Example 4: If you don't pay your taxes on time, you will have to pay a fine. If you have any questions about pay for, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website. Special Offer If you are interested in trying the Daily Vitamin Plus! for one week for free and with no obligation, all you have to do is contact us. Enjoy the rest of your day.