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Wednesday the 31st of January, 2007
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COME ON!

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Good morning.

Today we will look at another very common spoken expression with the verb come.

Today's expression is: Come on! (informal, spoken)

It is used: to tell someone to hurry or to try harder.

Example 1:
Come on David! Finish your breakfast and brush your teeth; I don't want you to be late for school.

Example 2:
David: I don't think I'll ever get a job.
Olga: Come on! Don't give up so easily. I know you will get a job if you keep looking.

This expression would be the equivalent of ¡venga! in Spanish.

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Tuesday the 30th of January, 2007
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COME OFF IT!

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Good morning.

The English verb COME is used in hundreds of expressions. (Yesterday we saw one example, how come?) For the next few days we will look at some expressions that use this very common verb.

Today's expression is: Come off it! (informal, spoken)

It is used: to disagree with someone, but in a rude manner.

Example 1:
José: Spain is going to win the 2006 World Cup!
Marta: Come off it! Just because they won a few matches, doesn't mean they're the best in the world!

Example 2:
Jack: We should have the report done by five o'clock.
Vince: Come off it! We haven't even finished writing the introduction. We'll be here until at least eight o'clock.

This would be the equivalent of ¡anda ya! or sí hombre in Spanish.

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Monday the 29th of January, 2007
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HOW COME?

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Good morning. I hope you had a relaxing weekend.

Today's expression is: How Come?

It means: why? or how is it that...? and is used in spoken, colloquial English. It is used to say that you do not understand how something could happen, or the reason for something, and would like an explanation.

Example 1:
Anthony: I'm not going to be able to accompany you to the party tonight.
Maya: How come? You promised me!
Anthony: I know...I know, but my mother is ill and I'm the only one who can take care of her. You can go with Mark.

Example 2:
Erik: How come you moved the sofa?
Jenny: Oh, I don't know honey. I simply needed to make a change in the house. I hope you don't mind.

For more information about the origins of this strange expression, you can visit the following website: http://www.randomhouse.com/wotd/index.pperl?date=19970501.

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I hope you have a good day.



Friday the 26th of January, 2007
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BODY EXPRESSIONS: LEG

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Good morning.

Today will be our last Daily Vitamin about expressions with body parts. Today we look at expressions with LEG (pierna).

Today's 1st expression is: Break a leg! (spoken)

It is used: by performers to wish each other good luck.

Example 1
Angie: Wish me luck. I have my first concert tonight, and I'm very nervous.
Janet: You'll do fine. Break a leg!

Today's 2nd expression is: not have a leg to stand on

It means: to be in a position where you are unable to prove something or explain why something is logical.

Example 2:
Without written evidence, we don't have a leg to stand on.

Today's 3rd expression isto leg it (informal)

It means: to run, especially in order to escape from somebody.

Example 3:
We saw the police coming and legged it down the road.

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Have a great day and an excellent weekend!



Thursday the 25th of January, 2007
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BODY EXPRESSIONS: NECK

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Good morning.

Today we will look at some more expressions with body parts, this time with NECK (cuello).

Today's 1st expression is: to be a pain in the neck 

It means: to be a person or thing that is very annoying or bothers a lot.

Example 1
When he works he always sings, and he has a terrible voice. He is such a pain in the neck.

A more informal version of this expression is to be a pain in the arse (UK) or a pain in the butt (US).

Today's 2nd expression is: to be up to your neck in something

It means: to have a lot of something to deal with; to be very involved or busy with something.

Example 2:
I can't go out tonight; I'm up to my neck in work!

Example 3:
We can't go on holiday because we're up to our neck in debt!


Today's 3rd expression isneck of the woods (informal)

It means: in the same area where you live; a particular part of a town or country.

Example 4:
Do you know John? He's from your neck of the woods.

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