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Thursday the 30th of April, 2015
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THEME THURSDAY: EXPRESSIONS FOR BEING IN TROUBLE (YOUR GOOSE IS COOKED)

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Hi everyone! Welcome to our last Theme Thursday of April.

This month, we have looked at expressions for being in trouble. Some of them included TO BE UP THE CREEK WITHOUT A PADDLE, and TO BE IN HOT WATER. Today we are looking at one more expression: YOUR GOOSE IS COOKED

A goose is a large bird, similar to a duck, and is usually white. We use the feathers for jackets and pillows, and we eat the meat. 

Definition: you are in trouble and there is no escaping it. 

Example 1: They caught the robber, and he was holding the stolen computer. His goose is cooked

Example 2: He said he wrote his paper by himself, but the professor found the same essay on the internet. His goose is cooked

As you can see, we use this when there is no hope of avoiding blame or punishment. Because once you cook a goose, you can't UNcook it! What is done is done

This concludes our April lessons on expressions for trouble. Thanks for reading!

Tomorrow is May Day, so there will be no Daily Vitamin. We'll see you again on Monday for another Missing Monday lesson. Have a great long weekend! 


Wednesday the 29th of April, 2015
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WORDY WEDNESDAY: 'PROCRASTINATE'

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Hello everyone! Good morning!

Before we look at our vocabulary word for Wordy Wednesday, think about what you must do today. Will you do it immediately? Or will you wait until the last minute? If you are the type of person who waits until the last minute, then you PROCRASTINATE. This is our word of the day. 

Definition: to delay doing something that you should do, usually because you don't want to do it. 

Example 1: I procrastinated and started writing my paper the day before it was due. 

Example 2: Why do I always procrastinate with my laundry? Now I have no clean socks. 

If you are a person who procrastinates, then you are a PROCRASTINATOR

Example 3: My brother is such a procrastinator. He's buying my Mom's birthday present on her birthday. 

In what situations do you tend to procrastinate? Tell us on our Facebook page and practise your English. 

https://www.facebook.com/ZigguratEnglishServ

Thanks for reading!


Tuesday the 28th of April, 2015
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TENSE TUESDAY: FUTURE PERFECT CONTINUOUS VS. FUTURE PERFECT

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Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Remember that in English, we have two forms we use to talk about the future:

-WILL + INFINITIVE
(Example: I will have the eggs and bacon, please.)
-BE GOING TO + INFINITIVE. (Example: I am going to fly to California this summer.)

So the
FUTURE PERFECT and the FUTURE PERFECT CONTINUOUS will have two possible forms, depending on which future form we use in the sentence. 

THE FUTURE PERFECT
-WILL + HAVE + PAST PARTICIPLE
-IS/AM/ARE + GOING TO + HAVE + PAST PARTICIPLE.

Example 1
By November he will have worked as Vice President for 10 years. 

Example 2
This spring she is going to have volunteered with us for a year. 

We looked at this tense on November 11, 2014. Click on the link below to see that lesson.

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2455


THE FUTURE PERFECT CONTINUOUS

-WILL + HAVE + BEEN + ING
-IS/AM/ARE + GOING TO + HAVE + BEEN + ING.

Example 3: By November he will have been working as Vice President for 10 years. 

Example 4: This spring she is going to have been volunteering with us for a year. 

We looked at this tense on April 14, 2015. Click on the link below to see that lesson. 

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2554

So when do we use each? 

In the above examples, we can use either. We can use both the FUTURE PERFECT CONTINUOUS and the FUTURE PERFECT to talk about habits and things we do every day, like WORK.

We often use the FUTURE PERFECT CONTINUOUS when we want to emphasize the ACTION of the sentence. In the above examples, "will have been working" puts more emphasis on the activity of WORKING than "will have worked." If the action is very important, use the FUTURE PERFECT CONTINUOUS. Let's look at one more example. 

Example 5: He will have served in the military for two decades by the end of this year. 

Example 6
He will have been serving in the military for two decades by the end of this year. 

Example 6 puts more of an emphasis on SERVING than in Example 5. 

Remember that we CANNOT use the FUTURE PERFECT CONTINUOUS with NON-ACTION VERBS.

Example 7: He will have been being a doctor for a year in 2017. 

Example 8: He will have been a doctor for a year in 2017. 

That's all for today. If you have any questions remember to post them on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ZigguratLanguageServices.

See you tomorrow for Wordy Wednesday!


Monday the 27th of April, 2015
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MISSING MONDAY: FUTURE TIME

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Hello everyone! How was your weekend? Welcome back to the Daily Vitamin!

For today's lesson, we are looking at future time. Can you complete this sentence with the correct verb form? You must use the word FINISH

Sentence 1: By the time you arrive, I _______________ (finish) my homework. 

In this sentence, we want to say that the person finishes their homework, and then the other person arrives. The finishing of the homework occurs (in the future) before the time that the person arrives. 

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Good luck, and thanks for participating!


Friday the 24th of April, 2015
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PHRASAL VERB FRIDAY: 'COME ROUND' DEFINITION III

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Happy Friday to you!

For today's lesson, we are looking at a third definition of the phrasal verb COME ROUND. We looked at the other two definitions earlier this month. Click on the link below for these lessons.

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?rs=come%20round

Today's definition of COME ROUND is a little more specific than the others. 

Definition: to wake up after an operation or after being unconscious. 

Example 1: She came round a few minutes after her surgery finished. 

Example 2: The poor animal was unconscious after falling, but it came round quickly. 

As with the other definitions of COME ROUND, it is more common to say COME AROUND in American English. COME ROUND is more common in UK English

That's all for this week! I hope you have a great weekend.

See you on Monday for another Missing Monday Daily Vitamin!