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Friday the 27th of April, 2007
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TO PICK UP (1)

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Good morning.

Today's word is: Pick up (verb)

This verb is used in a lot of different ways, and is very common in spoken English. For the next few days we are going to look at different uses of this verb (and its noun form).

Today's meaning: to lift something or someone up from a surface.

Example 1:
Please pick up the phone as soon as it rings!

Example 2:
She always rushes to pick up the baby when it starts crying.

This phrasal verb can also mean to put things where they are normally kept (guardar).

Example 3:
I usually have to ask my son to pick up his toys, since he leaves them lying on the floor. 

On Wednesday we will look at another use of this verb. We will pick up where we left off. Remember that there is no Daily Vitamin on Monday or Tuesday.

Have a nice day and a great long weekend.



Thursday the 26th of April, 2007
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TO COMPROMISE

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Good morning.

Yesterday we looked at the noun compromise, which means an agreement made between two or more people in which each side gives up some things they want so that both sides are happy at the end.

Today we look at the verb to compromise.

Meaning 1: to give up some of your demands after a dispute with somebody, in order to come to an agreement.

This is basically the verb equivalent of yesterday's noun.

Example 1
Neither country is prepared to compromise; I'm afraid they might end up going to war.

Meaning 2: to do something that is against your principles or does not reach standars that you have set.

Example 2
We are not prepared to compromise on safetey standards; if we have to pay more, that's okay.

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I hope you have a good day.



Wednesday the 25th of April, 2007
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FALSE FRIEND: COMPROMISE

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Good morning.

Today's Daily Vitamin is dedicated to my student Jordi B., who used the word 'compromise' incorrectly in class yesterday. Thanks for the idea Jordi. ;-)

Today's word is: Compromise (noun)

It means: an agreement made between two or more people in which each side gives up some things they want so that both sides are happy at the end.

It DOES NOT mean the same as the Spanish word "compromiso" (Catalan: "compromís"). "Compromiso" would usually be translated as obligation (noun) or obliged (adj.).

Example 1:
After a lot of negotiation, the two sides finally reached a compromise.

Example 2:
In order for a marriage to last, both husband and wife must be prepared to make compromises.  

Example 3:
I didn't want to buy a gift for my boss, because I didn't want him to feel obliged to buy me one.

Tomorrow we will look two uses of the verb to compromise.

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Have a great day.



Tuesday the 24th of April, 2007
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RUN (4)

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Good morning.

Today we will finish up our series of Daily Vitamins about the verb run (correr). The meanings we have looked at so far are:

Meaning 1 (Thursday): to control and organise something, such as a business, organisation or event.

Meaning 2 (Friday): to try to be elected to an official job, position or political office.

Meaning 3 (Monday): to move along, said of liquids. If a liquid runs somewhere, it flows there.

Meaning 4 (Monday): to be operating or functioning. If a machine or engine runs or you run it, it is working.

Today's meanings are:

Meaning 5: to lead or stretch from one place to another.

Example 1:
He had a scar running down his right cheek.

Example 2:
The river runs parallel to the river.

Meaning 6: a period of something good or bad happening; a series of successes or failures.

Example 3:
My brother is having a run of very good luck. Everything he does seems to go well lately.  

Example 4:
Liverpool lost to Leeds, ending an unbeaten run of 18 games.

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Monday the 23rd of April, 2007
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RUN (3)

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Good morning. I hope you had a nice weekend.

Last week we saw two "alternative" meanings of the verb run (correr).

Meaning 1 (Thursday): to control and organise something, such as a business, organisation or event.

Meaning 2 (Friday): to try to be elected to an official job, position or political office.

Today we will look at two more meanings of run.

Meaning 3: to move along, said of liquids. If a liquid runs somewhere, it flows there.

Example 1:
I could see that she was crying because tears were running down her face.

Example 2:
The Mississippi River runs into the Gulf of Mexico.

Meaning 4:  to be operating or functioning. If a machine or engine runs or you run it, it is working.

Example 3:
Don't leave your engine running when you are parked.

Example 4:
I ran the dishwasher, because it was full.

Tomorrow we will finish up our series of Daily Vitamins about the verb run with a couple more definitions. If you have any questions about today's meanings, please post them in the forum section on our website.

Enjoy your day!