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Monday the 14th of January, 2019
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GERUND OR INFINITIVE? (DANCE)

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Hello, everyone! Happy Monday to each of you. I hope that you had a wonderful weekend. 

This week's theme is "Gerund vs. Infinitive." We will give you a sentence and ask you to complete it with either a gerund (a verb ending in -ING) or an infinitive (an infinitive verb with TO). 

Here is an example:

Thank you for _____ (HELP) me with the dishes. 

The answer is HELPING (a gerund). We always use a gerund form of the verb after the preposition FOR

Here is your challenge for today.

Sentence: Would you like _____ (DANCE) with me?

Give us your answer on one of our social media sites (Twitter or Facebook) and we will post the correct answer later; we will also include the correct answer in tomorrow's Daily Vitamin email.

Good luck!



Friday the 11th of January, 2019
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NEW ENGLISH WORDS (E-PUBLISH)

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Hello readers! I hope that you've had a great week.

Today we finish our week's theme of New English Words. Today we look at the word E-PUBLISH.

Definition: To publish a document or book online without printing physical copies. 

Example 1: We decided to just e-publish this travel guide. It's selling very well on Amazon. 

Example 2: Do you think e-publishing will ever be more popular than traditional printing? 

Example 3: We will e-publish the novel in March. 

This word was added to the Oxford English dictionary in January of 2018. 

Thank you for reading and have a great weekend!



Thursday the 10th of January, 2019
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NEW ENGLISH WORDS (MANSPLAIN)

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Hello and welcome back, everyone! It's the third day of our New English Words theme. Today we are looking at the word MANSPLAIN

Definition: When a man explains something to a woman, but does not ask her if she wants his explanation. (Often, the man assumes that the woman does not know what he is explaining.)

Example 1: During the interview, the manager mansplained my degree to me. As if I don't know anything about computer science: I have a master's degree in Computing!

Example 2: On the train, I met a guy who asked me where I was from. I said I was from Sacramento (in Northern California). He then mansplained to me that Sacramento is not in Northern California. I didn't argue with him, but I was annoyed. 

Example 3: On Twitter, I saw a guy mansplain to a woman what a book was about. The woman he was talking to was the author of the book!

That's all for today. Thank you for reading!



Wednesday the 09th of January, 2019
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NEW ENGLISH WORDS (CO-PARENT)

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Hello, everyone! Welcome back to the Daily Vitamin. I hope you're having a nice week.

This week we are learning some new English words. These are words that were recently added to the dictionary. Today's word is the verb TO CO-PARENT

Definition: To raise children together after a separation or divorce. 

Example 1: It's difficult to co-parent with Michael now that he lives in another city. 

Example 2: We try to co-parent as best as we can. Our children are our number-one priority. 

Example 3: The first year of co-parenting was hard; but with respect and communication we have been able to successfully co-parent

This word was added to the Oxford English dictionary in January of 2018. 

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Tuesday the 08th of January, 2019
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NEW ENGLISH WORDS (ME TIME)

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Welcome back to the Daily Vitamin, everyone!

Yesterday we started the week by looking at the Word of the Year for 2018 (TOXIC). For the rest of the week, our lessons are about New English Words. These are words that have recently been added to the English dictionary. Today's word is actually an expression: ME TIME

Definition: Time to do what you want (and not what others want). 

Parents often use this word, since they spend most of their time doing things for their children. 

Example 1: After the holidays, I needed some me time. I got a massage while my mom watched the kids. 

Example 2: I took a bath and drank a glass of wine. I needed some me time

This expression was added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2018. You can read more about it and other new words at the following link:

https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2018/01/30/oed-new-words-mansplain-hangry-snowflake/

That's all for today. Thank you for reading!