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Friday the 28th of November, 2014
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PHRASAL VERB FRIDAY: 'DROP BY'

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Welcome back for the last lesson of this week's Daily Vitamin! For Phrasal Verb Friday, we are looking at the phrasal verb TO DROP BY

Definition 1: to visit someone for a casual meeting.

Example 1: We will drop by this afternoon to say hi. 

Example 2: I dropped by my mom's house to give her some flowers. 

Definition 2: to visit unexpectedly.

Example 3: Guess who dropped by the house today? My old friend, Sara!

Example 4: I dropped by, but you were not home. 

This verb can be transitive (like Examples 2 and 3) or intransitive (like Examples 1 and 4). This is an inseparable phrasal verb. So, we cannot "drop the house by" we can only "drop by the house". ;-)

That's all for this week. Next week is the beginning of December, and we are doing something different for The Daily Vitamin for that month. Tune in to see.

Until then, have a great weekend!


Thursday the 27th of November, 2014
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THEME THURSDAY: COUNT OR NON-COUNT? HAIR(S)

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Welcome back to the Daily Vitamin! Happy Thanksgiving!

For November's Theme Thursday, we are examining nouns that are both count and non-count. Today we are looking at the word HAIR.

As a non-count noun, hair means the TOTAL HAIR ON YOUR HEAD.

Example 1: I cut my hair yesterday.

Example 2: She has beautiful red hair.

As a count noun, hair means INDIVIDUAL STRANDS OF HAIR.  

Example 3: There are two hairs on my shirt. 

Example 4: I found three gray hairs this morning.

We have also looked at count and non-count noun examples for EXPERIENCE, WORK, and TALK. Click on these words to read these lessons. 

That's all for today. Happy Thursday to each of you. We will see you tomorrow for Phrasal Verb Friday.

Have a great day!


Wednesday the 26th of November, 2014
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WORDY WEDNESDAY: 'THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS'

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Welcome back to the Daily Vitamin! Good morning!

In the United States, many people will celebrate Thanksgiving tomorrow. Thanksgiving is always celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. In Canada, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the second Monday of October.

To honour this holiday, today's Wordy Wednesday is the expression THANK (ONE'S) LUCKY STARS.

Definition
: to be thankful for good luck.

Example 1: I thanked my lucky stars that I found my missing bracelet!

Example 2: He thanks his lucky stars every day for his wonderful wife. 

That's it for today's Daily Vitamin. Here in Ziggurat, we are thankful for you... our readers! Thanks for following the Vitamins.

Have a beautiful day.


Tuesday the 25th of November, 2014
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TENSE TUESDAY: "BE GOING TO" FOR PREDICTIONS & PLANS

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Hello everyone, and welcome to today's Daily Vitamin! I hope your day is going well. 

This month, we have looked at WILL + INFINITIVE vs. BE GOING TO + INFINITIVE a few times. To express the future, we generally use one of these two combinations:

--> WILL + INFINITIVE

--> BE GOING TO + INFINITIVE

Often we can use them interchangeably, but there are times when one is more appropriate. 

On November 3, we looked at
WILL + INFINITIVE for promises

Example 1:
I will never lie to you. 

On November 18, we looked at
WILL + INFINITIVE for quick decisions

Example 2:
(The doorbell rings.) I'll get it!

Today, we are looking at
BE GOING TO. We use this form when we talk about future predictions based on evidence we have in the present. 

Example 3:
(It is cloudy outside.) It is going to rain

Example 4:
(It is cold and you do not have a jacket.) I am going to get sick.

In each of these situations, we have a present condition and we are making a prediction about the future based on this information.

We also use BE GOING TO + INFINITIVE to talk about definite plans in the future.

Example 5:
This weekend I am going to see a film. Do you want to come?

Example 6: Next summer I'm going to go to Egypt with my family
.

What are you going to do for the Christmas holidays this year?
Tell us on our Facebook page and practise your English: https://www.facebook.com/ZigguratEnglishServ.

That's all for today; join us tomorrow for
Wordy Wednesday. Until then, have a great day!


Monday the 24th of November, 2014
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MISSING MONDAY: PIECE / SHEET OF PAPER

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Hello everyone, and happy Monday! I hope that your weekend went well.

For today's Missing Monday Daily Vitamin, we are looking at a vocabulary question. Can you complete the sentence below?

Sentence 1
: Can you hand me three _____________ of paper?

There are actually two correct forms of this sentence. For individual papers, we say SHEETS or PIECES

Sentence 1(a)
: Can you hand me three SHEETS of paper?

Sentence 1(b)
:
Can you hand me three PIECES of paper?

We also use the word PAGE(S) with paper, but this is when the pages are in a book, magazine, or newspaper. 

Example 1
: I read 50 pages of my book last night. 

Example 2
: The article is on page 10. 

That's all for today. Thanks for reading, and we'll see you tomorrow for Tense Tuesday.

Have a great day!