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Friday the 30th of November, 2012
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LAST EXPRESSIONS-2 (EWV)

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Good morning again everyone!

Hoy seguimos con nuestra serie de Essential Weekly Vitamins sobre expresiones con LAST.

Today's expression is
: at (long) last
(La expresión de hoy es: por fin.)

Meaning: after much delay, effort, etc.; in the end
(Significado: después de mucha demora, esfuerzo, etc. Al final.)

Example 1:
At last we're home. What a long trip!
(Por fin estamos en casa. ¡Vaya viaje más largo!)

Example 2:
At long last the cheque has arrived. Now let's hope they have money in their account when we cash it.
(Al final el talón ha llegado. Esperemos que tengan dinero en su cuenta cuando lo cobremos.)

Si tienes alguna pregunta sobre el contenido de la Essential Weekly Vitamin de hoy, por favor escribe un comentario en la sección de la Daily Vitamin, clicando en el botón "Add a Comment".

Have a great day and an excellent weekend!


Thursday the 29th of November, 2012
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TO ABSTAIN

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Good morning!

Today we finish our series about vocabulary related to elections.

Today's word is: to abstain (regular: abstained); abstention (noun)

It means: to formally decide not to vote. (Note: We can also abstain from doing things, which means NOT to do something, like drink alcohol or smoke.)

Example 1:
Lewis does not like any of the candidates so he has decided to abstain

Example 2:
The abstention rates in the latest election were so high that the government is considering making voting obligatory.

I hope this week's Daily Vitamins have added to your ability to talk about election results. Tomorrow we present the Essential Weekly Vitamin in Spanish.

Have a wonderful day!


Wednesday the 28th of November, 2012
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POLLING BOOTH

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Good morning!

Today's word is
: polling booth

It means: the place where you cast your ballot or register your vote. A place where there are many polling booths is called a polling station.

Example 1:
Our local polling booths are not very private. They are just a row of tables in the polling station, which happens to be the school where my children go!

Example 2:
I am fascinated by the American polling booths I see on the TV. They remind me of the instant photo booths that you sometimes see in train stations.

Enjoy your day!


Tuesday the 27th of November, 2012
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TO CAST A BALLOT

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Good morning!

Today we continue our series on election-related words. 

Today's expression is: to cast a ballot (cast is an irregular verb: cast - cast - cast)

It means: to register a vote.

Example 1:
Manny tends to cast his ballot for the most charismatic candidate, regardless of their political party.

Example 2:
I had to show my identification card before I could cast my ballot.

Tomorrow we will learn where you can cast your ballot!

Hope your day is great!


Monday the 26th of November, 2012
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TO VOTE FOR / AGAINST

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Good morning!

November has been a busy political month, with presidential elections in the United States and, yesterday, regional elections in Catalonia. In recognition of this, we are going to explain some words related to the electoral process in this week's Daily Vitamins.

Today's expression is: to vote for / to vote against (the verb 'vote' is regular: voted)

It means: a formal process where you choose between two or more candidates or options.

Example 1:
Robert has always voted for the Democrat Party, but in the most recent elections he decided to vote for the Libertarian Party.

Example 2:
Susie is going to vote against the legalisation in favour of recreational marijuana use, in the state referendum.

You can find some more expressions with the verb 'vote' in our Daily Vitamin archive for November 4th, 2008.

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=1119

Have a pleasant day!