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Friday the 30th of October, 2015
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PHRASAL VERB FRIDAY: 'DRESS UP AS'

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Happy Friday, everyone!

As you probably know, this weekend is Halloween. For this reason, today is the perfect day to look at the phrasal verb TO DRESS UP (AS SOMETHING/SOMEONE)

Definition 1: to wear a costume; to dress like a person or thing. 

Example 1: Last year, I dressed up as Madonna. 

Example 2: What are you dressing up as for Halloween?

Example 3: I want to dress up as a bag of candy, but I don't know how to make the costume.

Have you ever dressed up as anyone or anything? Tell us what you dressed up as (or better yet, show us a photo!) on our Facebook page

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Happy weekend to you all, and enjoy your All Saints Day and Halloween. We'll see you on Monday for more lessons!


Thursday the 29th of October, 2015
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THEME THURSDAY: EXPRESSIONS FOR INTEREST ('TO BE A ___ LOVER')

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Hi everyone! And welcome back. Today for the Daily Vitamin we are continuing our Thursday theme of EXPRESSIONS FOR INTEREST. We are looking at the expression TO BE A _____ LOVER

Example 1
: I am a basketball lover. I know the names of all the professional teams. 

Example 2: My Mom is a chocolate lover. She can't say no to anything chocolate!

Example 3: She was such a book lover that she would read a book every three days.

What about you? What do you love? I mean, of course you are a Daily Vitamin lover... but what else? Tell us on our Facebook Page.

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Thanks for reading! We'll see you tomorrow for Phrasal Verb Friday!


Wednesday the 28th of October, 2015
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WORDY WEDNESDAY: 'TO ACE (A TEST)'

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Welcome back, everyone! How is your week? I hope that it is going well. 

Last Wednesday, we looked at the expression TO BOMB (an exam). This means TO FAIL an exam. After such a depressing idiom, I thought that today we would look at the opposite expression; and something much more positive: TO ACE (A TEST)

Definition: to do incredibly well at something (often a test). 

Example 1: I aced my chemistry test. I think I even got the extra credit question correct!

Example 2: She aced all of her entrance exams and so they gave her a special award. 

Example 3: I aced my driver's test . . . the third time I took it. 

This word is also common in tennis. When you ace someone, it means that you served the ball and your opponent was not able to hit the ball back to you. 

Have you ever aced an exam? Have you ever bombed an exam? Tell us about it on our Facebook page.

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That's all for today. As always, thank you for reading. Have a great day!


Tuesday the 27th of October, 2015
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TENSE TUESDAY: INVERSIONS PART II (SIMPLE PAST AND FUTURE)

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Hello everyone! I hope that you are having a nice start to your week.

In our last Tense Tuesday, we looked at INVERSIONS with the Perfect Tenses. Here is an example:

Example 1: Never have I seen such an amazing performance.

Click on the link below for that lesson.

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2665

In that lesson, we only looked at how to invert sentences with the Perfect Tenses. This week we are continuing this lesson and inverting the Simple Past and Future tenses. We will again use the word NEVER for emphasis. 

To invert the Simple Past, we begin the sentence with NEVER and add the word DID. The Simple Past verb also changes form and becomes a bare infinitive (the infinitive without TO). 

Sentence 1 (not inverted): I never wanted children. (Simple Past)

Sentence 2 (inverted): Never did I want children. (Simple Past Inverted)

With the Future (WILL + INFINITIVE), we begin the sentence with NEVER and then switch "WILL" and the subject

Sentence 3 (not inverted): I will never talk to her again. 

Sentence 4 (inverted): Never will I talk to her again. 

We follow the same structure for the future form, BE GOING TO

Sentence 5 (not inverted): I am never going to go shopping there again. The service is terrible. 

Sentence 6 (inverted): Never am I going to go shopping there again. The service is terrible. 

That's all for today! Thank you for reading. We will see you tomorrow for a Wordy Wednesday vocabulary lesson!


Monday the 26th of October, 2015
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MISSING MONDAY: PHRASAL VERB MEANING TO BEGIN/WARM UP

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Happy Monday, readers! How was your weekend?

It's the end of October, which means that the holidays are getting nearer. Are you ready? Whether or not you are, today's Missing Monday phrasal verb will be helpful for this situation. Here is your sentence:

Sentence 1: We are _____ up for the holidays.

This sentence is missing an ING (present participle) form of a verb. It is part of a phrasal verb that means TO BEGIN.

Do you know the answer? Let us know on our Facebook page. We will post the answer later.

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Thanks for participating! See you tomorrow for Tense Tuesday!