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Thursday the 27th of April, 2017
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THEME THURSDAY: WORDS FROM BRANDS (BAND-AID)

Good morning everyone!

If you read last Thursday's post, then you know that for April our Theme Thursday posts are about words that come from brands. These words are names of products or companies, but over time, the name has become the word we use for this product. 

Today we are looking at the word BAND-AID

Product: a product made by the company Johnson & Johnson. It is a strip of plastic or cloth that you put over a cut on your skin to help protect it while it heals. 

New definition: any similar product used for this purpose.  

Example 1: Do you need a Band-Aid for that cut?

Example 2: I cut myself shaving. I need a Band-Aid.  

There is a second common definition for this word as well. 

Definition 2: a temporary solution to a problem. 

Example 3: Many people do not have access to safe drinking water. We can give them bottled water, but this is just a Band-Aid solution; what we really need is to work with them to create proper water infrastructure. 

That's all for today. Thanks for reading!



Wednesday the 26th of April, 2017
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WORDY WEDNESDAY: TO BROOD OVER

Hello everyone and good morning to you. I hope your week is going well. 

Today for Wordy Wednesday we are looking at the phrase TO BROOD OVER (SOMETHING)

Definition: to think deeply about something that makes you unhappy, angry, or worried.

Example 1: Stop brooding over your team's loss. It's just a game.

Example 2: At the beginning of Romeo and Juliet, Romeo is brooding over his love, Rosaline. 

Example 3: She won't stop brooding over her fight with her boyfriend. 

There's a short video about this idiom at Free Dictionary; we've included the link below. Check it out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge_NNxh3Gfk

That's all for today. I hope you are happy today and not brooding over anything!



Tuesday the 25th of April, 2017
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TENSE TUESDAY: FUTURE PERFECT CONTINUOUS AS A CAUSE

Hello, everyone!

We are back for another Tense Tuesday lesson, and today we are focusing on the Future Perfect Continuous. One of the ways we use it is to show cause and effect

Remember that the form is the following: 

will have been + present participle (-ing)

Example 1: I'll probably get promoted to manager next year because, by then, I will have been working here for 7 years.
(The time she has spent at the job is what will cause her to get a promotion.)

Example 2: She plans to start looking for a job in France in 2019: she will have been studying French for 4 years by that point.
(She will speak French well after four years, and that will cause her to look for a job where she can use her French.)

That's all for today. Thank you for reading! Have an excellent day.



Monday the 24th of April, 2017
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MISSING MONDAY: ONE WORD COMPLETES ALL THREE

Hello and welcome back, everyone!

Today for Missing Monday we are asking you to find one word to complete three sentences. Do you know what the word is?

Sentence 1: I need help _____ this photo on the wall. 

Sentence 2: What happens at the end of the story? Don’t leave me _____!

Sentence 3: I'm _____ out with Sarah later, if you'd like to join us. 

Give us your answers on our Facebook or Twitter pages; we would be very happy to see your answers!

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Thank you for participating and good luck!



Friday the 21th of April, 2017
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PHRASAL VERB FRIDAY: JUMP IN

Good morning, readers!

Today we are finishing our week with a Phrasal Verb Friday about the expression TO JUMP IN.

Definition: to enter a conversation abruptly.

Example 1: If you have anything to add during the meeting, please just jump in with your comments.

Example 2: Excuse me for jumping in, but I just wanted to clarify something that was said.

Example 3: He jumped in the conversation and just started giving his opinion, and no one had asked for it!

This phrasal verb is INTRANSITIVE.

That's all for this week. As always, thank you for reading and have a wonderful weekend!