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Monday the 30th of March, 2015
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NO DAILY VITAMIN THIS WEEK: HOLY WEEK

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Hello everyone.

This week is Holy Week in Spain (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Week), so there will be no Daily Vitamins this week. We will be back on Tuesday, April 7th for another Tense Tuesday.

Have a great week!


Friday the 27th of March, 2015
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PHRASAL VERB FRIDAY: 'LET GO OF'

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Happy Friday to you all! How was your week? Hopefully it went well. 

For today's Phrasal Verb Friday we are looking at the verb TO LET GO (OF). Some say this is not really a PHRASAL VERB at all, but rather an IDIOM. Others say it's only a PHRASAL VERB when it includes the adverbial particle OF. For an interesting forum debate about this verb, you can go to the following URL below.

http://www.antimoon.com/forum/t5330.htm

For our purposes, we're going to consider it a phrasal verb.

Definition 1: to stop holding something.

Example 1: The dog let go of his toy.

Definition 2: to allow someone/something to go free.

Example 2: The police let go of the prisoner after two hours of questioning.  

One of the most popular uses of this word, thanks in part to Disney and the movie Frozen, is now this third definition.

Definition 3: to stop worrying about something. 

Example 3: I was really angry at my friend for a few months, but eventually I let it go

Example 4: To be truly happy, you must let go of all negative thoughts.

When you include the adverbial particle OF with this transitive verb, it is non-separable. For example, we cannot say "the officer let go the prisoner of".

That's all for today. If there is something that is worrying you... let it go, and have a great weekend!


Thursday the 26th of March, 2015
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THEME THURSDAY: PHRASAL VERBS AS NOUNS (FOLLOW-UP)

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Welcome back, everyone! How is your week going? It's hard to believe it's already Thursday, and close to the end of the month! 

For today's lesson, we are continuing our March theme of Phrasal Verbs that have an equivalent noun. We are looking at the noun FOLLOW-UP.

We looked at the phrasal verb TO FOLLOW UP last Friday. We also covered this Phrasal Verb last November 2014. To review those lessons, click on the link below.

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?rs=follow%20up

As a noun, we combine the two words with a
hyphen, so the phrasal verb FOLLOW UP becomes the noun FOLLOW-UP.

Definition
: the interaction that follows an initial meeting, conversation, etc. 

Example 1
: I think we should do some follow-up after the meeting. You know... to make sure everyone understands their new responsibilities.

Example 2
: I have a follow-up appointment next week.
(NOTE: in this sentence follow-up is really acting as an adjective that describes the noun appointment. This is actually quite common in English.)

We will
follow up this lesson with tomorrow's post on the phrasal verb TO LET GO OF.

Until then, have a great day!


Wednesday the 25th of March, 2015
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WORDY WEDNESDAY: AN APP TO IMPROVE YOUR VOCABULARY

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Welcome back to the Daily Vitamin! Good morning everyone!

Usually on Wordy Wednesday we look at a phrase, or a slang word, but today we are doing something different: we're looking at the word APP, and then looking at an app that will help you improve your vocabulary while reading on the internet. 

Many Spanish speakers call an app an A-P-P. In English, we call it an app. This is short for APPLICATION

Lingo is an app that you can install in your internet browser. When you are reading in English on the internet, you can click on any word and the app will show you the meaning of the word. You can save your words to a vocabulary list, and practice these words later. 

You can install the plug-in of this app in Google Chrome at the link below:

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/lingo/ngcbjogdllgeihafchpijklcphejfock

Do you use any other apps to improve your English? Tell us which ones you use on the Ziggurat Facebook page. 

https://www.facebook.com/ZigguratEnglishServ


Thanks for reading! 


Tuesday the 24th of March, 2015
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TENSE TUESDAY: THE MODAL 'SHALL'

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Hello everyone, and welcome back!

For today's Tense Tuesday we are looking at an interesting MODAL VERB: SHALL. We first looked at this modal verb back in January of 2006. You can see that lesson at the following link.

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?rs=shall

We use this modal in many different ways, depending on the context. For example, it can be used to talk about the future

Example 1: I shall see you at 10.

We can use it to make suggestions, especially in question form.

Example 2: Shall we dance?

And we can use it to volunteer or promise something in the future. 

Example 3
: I shall never lie to you.

This is a formal modal, and is used less than other modals, but it can be quite useful. Note that it is more common in British English than in American English. 

That's all for today. I shall see you tomorrow for Wordy Wednesday!

Until then, take care.