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Thursday the 31st of March, 2016
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THEME THURSDAY: RUBBISH! (SYNONYMS FOR RUBBISH)

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Good morning readers!

Today we complete our Theme Thursday for March. This month, we have focused on words related to RUBBISH. We looked at phrasal verbs and expressions like CHUCK IT IN THE BIN and THROW AWAY. Today we are looking at synonyms for the word RUBBISH.

There are many words for
rubbish in the English language. Here are just a few, which can help you to increase your vocabulary options.

-garbage
-trash
-waste

And what about the container that keeps all of this
rubbish/garbage/trash?

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trashcan
-wastebasket
-bin
-garbage can

These can also be used for the
garbage and garbage containers in your home or office. Other words, like DUMPSTER, are used for larger trash bins (like the ones you see on the street).

That's all for today. Thanks for reading!


Wednesday the 30th of March, 2016
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WORDY WEDNESDAY: ZIGGURAT BLOG + 'SUM UP'

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Hello everyone! Good morning.

For today's Wordy Wednesday for The Daily Vitamin, we are looking at vocabulary used in a former Ziggurat Blog post. The post, by a student named Patricia, is about the series "Revenge." In her review of the series, Patricia uses the expression TO SUM UP. It's a great phrasal verb, so today we are using it as our Wordy Wednesday vocabulary!

Definition: to give a brief summary. 

Example 1: He summed up the book with a quick explanation of the plot. 

Example 2: If I could sum up my trip to the Grand Canyon with one word, it would be "amazing!"

Example 3
: He summed up his dissertation for us, and I was so impressed that I decided to read his entire paper. 

Thank you, Patricia, for your wonderful article about the series "Revenge." It sounds very entertaining! To read Patricia's review, click on the following link. 

https://zigguratenglish.wordpress.com/2015/06/18/students-review-revenge-by-patricia/

That's all for today. Thanks for reading!


Tuesday the 29th of March, 2016
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TENSE TUESDAY: CLEFT SENTENCES WITH 'WHAT'

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Welcome back to The Daily Vitamin after our Semana Santa break! I hope everything went well for you.

Are you ready for some grammar with today's Tense Tuesday post? 

Today we are looking at CLEFT SENTENCES. A cleft sentence is a complex sentence that has a main clause and a dependent clause; a cleft sentence has a meaning that could be expressed by a simple sentence, but cleft sentences help us express certain emphasis within the sentence. Here is the form we're looking at today.

what + clause + be + noun phrase 

Example 1: What I love about Paris is the architecture.

Example 2: What I dislike about working late is getting home late. 

To understand how cleft sentences give emphasis, let's look at a sentence with and without them. 

Sentence 1: I'm here to talk about a promotion. 

And now look at the same sentence but as a CLEFT SENTENCE

Sentence 2: The reason I am here is to talk about a promotion. 

In our second sentence, we emphasise the noun phrase THE REASON

Let's look at another. 

Sentence 3: I like her positive attitude more than anything. 

Sentence 4: What I like most about her is her positive attitude. 

We can also invert cleft sentences. 

Sentence 5: Her positive attitude is what I like most about her. 

That's all for today. What I enjoy the most about Tense Tuesday is the opportunity to present grammar to our readers. But what I also love about Tense Tuesday is that it means tomorrow is Wordy Wednesday, which is fun.

We'll see you tomorrow, then, for a lesson on vocabulary!


Monday the 21st of March, 2016
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NO DAILY VITAMIN DURING SEMANA SANTA

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There will be no Daily Vitamin lessons from Monday March 21st until Monday March 28th. We will be back on Tuesday, March 29th.

We hope you have a great week!


Friday the 18th of March, 2016
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PHRASAL VERB FRIDAY: A PHRASAL VERB IN ADELE'S 'HELLO'

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Hello, readers! Today we are looking at a song that dominates the radio these days: Adele's "Hello." You probably know the song . . . but did you know that the song is FULL of phrasal verbs? For Phrasal Verb Friday, we are looking at one of the phrasal verbs in the lyrics: TO GO OVER

Definition: to review. 

Example 1 (from Adele): I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet to go over everything.

In this song, Adele is calling someone and wants to GO OVER the details of their relationship: what went wrong, and what happened to end the romance. 

To listen to Adele's song, with lyrics, click on the following link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9h0Arg_-380


Adele's ballads are sad, but there is some news that is even more sad: we are taking a DV break until March 29th due to Semana Santa. I hope you can use this time to GO OVER any Daily Vitamin posts that you missed this year. 

Have a wonderful Easter break; we will see you on Tuesday, March 29th!