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Friday the 29th of January, 2010
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FALL-8

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Hello and good morning.

Hoy acabamos nuestro repaso sobre expresiones y usos del verbo to fall (caer) en inglés.

Today's expression is: to fall back on
La expresión de hoy es: recurrir a... / echar mano de...)

Meaning: to go to someone for support; to have something to use when you have difficulties.
(Acudir a una persona en busca de apoyo; tener algo de que echar mano cuando tienes dificultades.)

Example 1:
She has always fallen back on her boyfriend when she has problems. I don't know what she is going to do now that they have separated.
(Siempre ha recurrido a su novio cuando tiene problemas. No sé qué hará ahora ya que se han separado.)

Example 2:
Everyone should have money in the bank to fall back on in times of crisis. Most experts agree that you should have enough savings to cover six months of expenses.
(Todo el mundo debe tener dinero en el banco de que echar mano en tiempos de crisis. La mayoría de los expertos opinan que debes tener suficientes ahorros para cubrir 6 meses de gastos.)

Example 3:
He didn't go to the party last night; he never goes out. He always falls back on the excuse that he doesn't have enough time.
(Él no fue a la fiesta anoche; nunca sale. Siempre echa mano de la excusa de que no tiene suficiente tiempo.)

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Thursday the 28th of January, 2010
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LEAVE-4

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Hello again. 

Today we conclude our review of expressions that have the verb leave in them.

Today's expression isto leave somebody/something behind

Meaning 1: to make much better progress than somebody. [NOTE: We often use this expression in the passive.]

Example 1:
Spain is being left behind in the race for new markets in Europe. 

Example 2:
China has left the rest of the world behind in economic growth.  

Meaning 2: to leave a person or place, usually permanently.

Example 3:
As she left the villiage to move to the far-away city, she knew she was leaving her childhood behind

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Wednesday the 27th of January, 2010
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LEAVE-3

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Good morning everyone. Today we continue our review of expressions that have the verb leave in them.

Today's expression isto leave someone or something out (of something)

Meaning: to not include or mention someone or something.  

Example 1:
Please leave me out of this argument. I don't want to get involved.

Example 2:
You left a "t" out of his name. It's M-A-T-T-H-E-W, with two "t"s. 

Another very similar expression is to leave something or somebody off (meaning = to not include someone or something on a list, etc.).

Example 3:
The flat didn't cost two-hundred thousand euros, but rather two million euros! You left off a zero.

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Tuesday the 26th of January, 2010
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LEAVE-2

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Good morning everyone.

This week we are looking at expressions that have the verb leave in them.

Today's expression isto leave it at that (informal)

Meaning: to say or do nothing more about something (a problem, a disagreement, etc.); to leave a situation as it is.  

Example 1:
We'll never agree, so why don't we just leave it at that!

Example 2:
This is the best we can do. We'll have to leave it at that.

Example 3:
I've simply decided to quit my job. Let's just leave it at that. I don't want to talk about it anymore.

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Monday the 25th of January, 2010
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LEAVE-1 (LEFT)

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Good morning everyone. I hope you had a nice weekend.

In October of 2006, we looked at the word leftovers. Leftovers are the food that remains at the end of a meal after you have finished eating. Leave and left ("left" is the participle of "leave") are used in various expressions which we will look at this week. (There is also the word "left" which means the opposite of "right", as in izquierda and dercha in Spanish. I am not referring to this use.)

Today's expression isto be left

Meaning: to remain to be used, sold, eaten, etc.

In Spanish this is often expressed with the verb quedar.

Example 1:
Is there any coffee left? I'm really tired and I have to finish the final budget.

Example 2:
How many tickets are left for the concert?

Example 3:
They are fighting to save what is left of their business. The crisis has really hit them hard.

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