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Monday the 31st of May, 2010
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Good morning everyone. I hope you had a nice weekend break.

Today we continue our look at different uses of and expressions with the English word break.

Today's expression with break is: to break down

This expression has various meanings, today we will look at two of the most common ones. Tomorrow we will look at two more.

Meaning 1: to stop working because of a fault (when speaking about machines or vehicles).

Example 1:
The telephone system in the office has broken down again. Maybe it would be easier to simply buy everyone a mobile phone.

Example 2:
Our car broke down on the way to Paris and we arrived at the meeting three hours late!

Meaning 2: to fail (when negotiating).

Example 3
The negotiations between the two governments have broken down. They may never reach an agreement.

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Friday the 28th of May, 2010
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Good morning everyone.

Hace poco hicimos un repaso a expresiones con la palabra inglesa just. Durante las próximas semanas, repasaremos los contenidos de esas Daily Vitamins en las Essential Weekly Vitamins.

Just puede ser adjetivo o adverbio, pero se utiliza más como adverbio, y por eso empezamos aquí.

La expresión de hoy es: just like / just what / just as

Meaning: exactly (exactamente)

Example 1:
This sweater is just my size.
(Este jersey es justo mi talla.)

Example 2:
He looks just like his father.
(Se parece exactamente a su padre.)

Example 3:
Thank you so much for the gift. It is just what I wanted.
(Muchas gracias por el regalo. Es exactamente lo que quería.)

Example 4:
The film ended just as I expected it would.
(La película acabó justo como esperaba.)

En estos ejemplos podríamos reemplazar la palabra just por exactly y tendrían exactamente el mismo significado.

Si tienes alguna pregunta sobre el contenido de la Essential Weekly Vitamin de hoy, por favor pon un comentario en la sección de la Daily Vitamin en nuestra web (www.ziggurat.es), clicando en el botón "Add a Comment".

I hope you have a wonderful day and a great weekend!



Thursday the 27th of May, 2010
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Good morning everyone.

Today we continue our look at different uses of and expressions with the English word break.

Today's expression with break is: break through

Meaning 1: to make new and important discoveries.

Example 1:
Scientists think that they are beginning to break through in the fight against cancer.

The noun related to this verb is breakthrough. A breakthrough is an important development that may lead to an agreement or achievement.

Example 2
The research team was responsible for a major breakthrough in cancer research.

Example 3
She made a significant breakthrough in her personal development with the help of an executive coach

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Remember that tomorrow we will send the Essential Weekly Vitamin for Spanish-speaking students of English. We will continue with break on Monday. In the meantime, have a nice weekend break.

Bye!



Wednesday the 26th of May, 2010
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Good morning everyone.

Today we continue our look at different uses of and expressions with the English word break.

Today's expression with break is: to break away (from somebody or something)

Meaning 1: to escape from someone who is holding you or keeping you prisoner.

Example 1:
The young child broke away from his parents and ran into the street. Luckily he didn't get hit by a car.

Meaning 2: to leave a political party or a state.

Example 2
The people of the province wished to break away and form a new state.

Meaning 3: to move away from a crowd or group, especially in a race.

Example 3
The cyclist broke away from the pack and opened up a 45 second lead. With just 8 miles to go, it's very likely that he will win the race. 

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Tuesday the 25th of May, 2010
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Good morning everyone.

Today we begin a series of Daily Vitamins about the English word break. It is used in many different ways and there are dozens of expressions that are derived from this word. Today we look at the basic meanings of this word as a noun and a verb, and over the next several days we will look at different uses of this word and some interesting expressions that are derived from it.

Today's word is: break (verb / noun)

Meaning (as a verb): to damage or separate something into two or more parts, as a result of force.

Example 1:
When I was 16 I broke my leg playing football.

Example 2
He dropped the glass and it broke into pieces.

Meaning (as a noun): a period of time when you stop what you are doing to rest, eat, etc.

Example 3
Jack: Nancy, what time do you have your lunch break? Maybe we can have lunch together.
Nancy: Sorry Jack. I don't have time. Today I'm not going to take a break. I have to finish the marketing report by 5 PM.

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I hope you have a nice day.