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Friday the 28th of October, 2005
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SO

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Good morning. This week we have explained some different expressions which are common in spoken English. We will finish with a small word, but one that is used a lot! Today's word is: so It is used: to introduce a new subject of conversation. So can also be used as an adverb and a conjunction but our examples below focus on how to use so as a way to introduce a new idea or subject. Example 1 Oscar: Hi Paul. I haven't seen you for a while. How are you? Paul: I'm fine, thanks. Oscar: So, are you still working at ABC Incorporated? Paul: Yes. We've been very busy recently. Example 2 Ingrid: So, where would you like to go for lunch? Patty: What about that new Thai restaurant on Second Avenue? Please post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! section on our website. If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section, please don't hesitate to contact us. Have a good day and an excellent weekend!



Thursday the 27th of October, 2005
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ANYWAY

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Good morning. Today we are going to explain another word that is common in spoken English. Today's word is: anyway It is used: to change the subject or to end a conversation. Example 1 Donald: [finishing a description]... it was a great place to visit and I really recommend it. Anyway, have you made plans for your next holiday? Liz: Well, I think I'll just stay here and relax. Example 2 Manager: Your comments on the new facilities are very interesting and I will take them into consideration. Anyway, I was talking about our trimester results. We need to improve in these two areas.... A synonym for anyway is anyhow. We can use anyhow in the sentences above with the same meaning: "Anyhow, I was talking about our trimester results." NOTE: Spelling is important! It is not the same to say anyway (one word) as any way (two words). Any way means any method or manner. Example 3 You can study English any way you would like, but if you want to learn you have to do a little each day and be consistent. Anyway has other meanings and uses (for example, despite or to say that something is not important) but we'll explain those meanings in another Daily Vitamin. Please post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! section on our website. If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section, please don't hesitate to contact us. Have a pleasant day!



Wednesday the 26th of October, 2005
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RIGHT

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Good morning. Today's expression is: right It is used: to say that you agree with someone; to accept what another person says. Like yesterday's expression, today's expression, RIGHT, can mean several different things. It can be used to get someone's attention; to check if your information is correct; as a noun or an adjective, etc. However, our examples below focus on today's meaning: to say that you agree with someone or to accept what another person says. Example 1 Managing Director: We really need to modernise our office. Director of Operations: Right. We could start by getting new computers. Example 2 Executive: I'd like you to cancel my one o'clock appointment with Ms. Anderson. Secretary: Right. Shall I reschedule it for tomorrow? Right can also be used in a sarcastic way to indicate that you do not agree or accept what another person says: Example 3 Mary: Where's Alice? Jean: She called to say the she will meet us later. Mary: Yeah, right. She always says that but then she never shows up (no se presenta). The translation of the last meaning of right would be something like si hombre in Spanish. Remember: Please post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! section on our website. Don't send e-mails directly to us. To enter, you will need your login and password (included at the end of this e-mail). If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section, please don't hesitate to contact us. By using the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum to ask questions about the Daily Vitamins, everyone can benefit from our answers. Have a great day!



Tuesday the 25th of October, 2005
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ALL RIGHT

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Good morning. Today we are going to examine another expression that is often used in spoken English. Today's expression is: all right It is used: for getting someone's attention when you want to start talking about or doing something new. All right has other meanings and uses (for example, to agree, to admit, etc.) but these are topics for a future Daily Vitamin! Example 1 [At a dinner party.] Host: All right. Who would like red wine and who would prefer white? Example 2 Receptionist: All right, can everybody listen to me for a moment, please? You need to take a number from that machine over there. Then, wait for your number to be called. You may also see all right written as alright. Remember: Please post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! section on our website. To enter, you will need your login and password (included at the end of this e-mail). If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section, please don't hesitate to contact us. By using the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum to ask questions about the Daily Vitamins, everyone can benefit from our answers. Have a nice day!



Monday the 24th of October, 2005
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LET'S SEE

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Good morning. I hope you had a pleasant weekend. Over the next few days we are going to look at some expressions that are very typically used in spoken English. Today's expressions are: Let's see or let me see. They are used: to say that you and one or more other people should find the answer to something. They are used to indicate that you need a moment to think about something. We usually pause after we say these phrases, which is a further indication that we are thinking. NOTE: The contraction let's is let + us. Us is a 1st person plural pronoun, but the expression let's see can have a singular meaning and often refers only to the person who is speaking. Example 1 A: Have you seen the newspaper anywhere? I can't find it. B: Let's see. I was reading it earlier, while I was eating breakfast. It's probably still in the kitchen. In Example 1, when Speaker B says let's see he really means to say let ME see. He is not expecting Speaker A to participate. It would be the equivalent of saying a ver in Spanish. Example 2 Can everybody be quiet, please? I'd like to start the meeting. Let me see... the first item on the agenda is the new billing policy. Please post any questions about today's Daily Vitamin in the Daily Vitamin Plus! section on our website. To enter, you will need your login and password (included at the end of this e-mail). If you have any questions about how to use the Daily Vitamin Plus! section, please don't hesitate to contact us. Have a productive day!