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Friday the 20th of December, 2013
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Good morning. 

Hoy terminamos nuestra serie de Daily Vitamins sobre expresiones con la palabra HELL. Además, es la última Vitamin hasta el martes 7 de enero de 2014. ¡Esperamos que todos tengáis unas felices fiestas!

Today's expression is: like hell

Meaning 1
: used to add emphasis (= a lot)
(Significado: se utiliza para añadir énfasis (= mucho))

Example 1:
He studied like hell for his exams. If he doesn't pass, I'll be very surprised.
(Estudió como una fiera para sus exámenes. Si no aprueba, estaré muy sorprendido.)

Example 2:
Sometimes his back hurts like hell, but luckily there is nothing seriously wrong with him.
(A veces le duele la espalda como un demonio, pero por suerte no es nada grave.)

Meaning 2: used in spoken English to refuse permission, or when you don't agree that something is true. In Peninsular Spanish its equivalent is sometimes ¡sí hombre!
(Significado: Se utiliza en el inglés hablado para rechazar permiso, o cuando no crees que algo es verdad. En español peninsular a veces se utiliza "¡sí hombre!")

Example 3:
Matthew: David, can you come with me to the market?
(David, ¿me puedes acompañar al mercado?)
David: No papa. I'm going to stay here and watch TV.
(No papá. Me voy a quedar y mirar la tele.)
Matthew: Like hell you are! You're coming with me to the market whether you like it or not!

(¡Sí hombre! Me acompañarás al mercado tanto si te apetece como si no.)


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Have a good day and an excellent holiday! We'll be back on January 7th, 2014!


Thursday the 19th of December, 2013
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EXPRESSIONS WITH POINT-4

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Good morning again everyone.

Today we finish our series of Daily Vitamins about expressions with the word POINT.

Today's expression is: THE POINT OF NO RETURN

Meaning: the time when you must continue with what you have decided to do because it is not possible to get back to an earlier situation.

Example 1:
This flight has reached its point of no return, so we have to continue to our destination. We have no other choice; we don't have enough fuel to return now.

Example 2:
The entire digital platform project is past the point of no return; we have no choice but to continue with it.

Remember that tomorrow we present the Essential Weekly Vitamin for Spanish-speaking students of English.

Until then, have a great day!


Wednesday the 18th of December, 2013
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EXPRESSIONS WITH POINT-3

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Hello again.

Today we look at another expression with the word POINT.

Today's expression is: POINT TAKEN

Meaning: used to say that you accept that someone else is right when they have disagreed with you or criticized you.

Example 1:
Point taken! I agree with you. Now let's drop the subject.

Example 2:
Arthur: Raising the VAT on cinema tickets in the middle of a crisis has all but killed the industry.
Mariano: Your point is well taken, but I needed more cash and I didn't know where to turn.

Speaking of cinema, you can see the use of this expression in this short scene from the BBC series Merlin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oERoVTDdODE

Enjoy the rest of your day!


Tuesday the 17th of December, 2013
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EXPRESSIONS WITH POINT-2

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Good morning again.

Today we continue with our series of Daily Vitamins about expressions that use the word POINT in them.

Today's expression is: UP TO A (CERTAIN) POINT

Meaning: to some extent; to some degree, but not completely.

Example 1:
I agree with Derek's proposal up to a point. However, I think it needs to be discussed and debated more before making it official.

Example 2:
The new immigration law has worked up to a certain point, but it has had its problems.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your day!


Monday the 16th of December, 2013
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EXPRESSIONS WITH POINT-1

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Good morning everyone. I hope you had a nice weekend.

This week we have prepared a series of Daily Vitamins about expressions that use the word POINT in them.

Today's expression is: TO POINT A/THE FINGER AT SOMEONE

Meaning: to accuse someone of doing something.

Example 1:
The newspaper article points an accusing finger at the politicians.

Example 2:
Janet: Why hasn't the kitchen been cleaned yet?
Rick: Why are you pointing the finger at me? I wasn't supposed to clean the kitchen today; it was Mike's turn!

Have a great day!