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Wednesday the 30th of September, 2015
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WORDY WEDNESDAY: 'CRAVE'

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Welcome to our last post of September, readers! I hope that you are having a great week.

Are you hungry? What specifically would you like to eat right now? If there is a specific food that you would like to eat, then today's Wordy Wednesday vocabulary is very useful. Today we are looking at the verb TO CRAVE.

Definition: to feel a powerful desire for something.

Example 1: I am craving pizza right now!

Example 2: Lately, I've been craving my Mom's delicious chocolate cake. 

We often use this word with food, but we can also use it for other things that we strongly desire. 

Example 3
: My youngest child really craves attention. 

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Thanks for reading! 


Tuesday the 29th of September, 2015
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TENSE TUESDAY: PERFECT PASSIVE PARTICIPLE CLAUSES

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Hello everyone, and welcome to Tense Tuesday! Today we are looking at PERFECT PASSIVE PARTICIPLE CLAUSES. This is a very long term for this construction:

[HAVING + BEEN + PAST PARTICIPLE, . . . ]


A PERFECT PASSIVE PARTICIPLE CLAUSE usually goes at the beginning of a sentence. It shows an event that happened before the rest of the sentence that comes after the comma. 

Example 1Having been made redundant, I am now looking for a new job. (Because I was made redundant, I am now looking for a new job.)

Example 2: Having been seen, the animal ran away. (Because the animal was seen, it ran away.)

Example 3: Having been cooked the night before, breakfast was ready when we woke up. (Because breakfast was prepared the previous night, it was ready when we woke up the next day.)

Notice that this is a PASSIVE construction, so in each case, we do not see the AGENT of the sentence. In each of the examples, we do not know WHO or WHAT did the action. For more on the passive, check out our recent lesson on the Passive Simple.

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2528 

That's all for today. Do you have any questions or would you like to try making a sample sentence with a PERFECT PASSIVE PARTICIPLE CLAUSE? Post your comments on our Facebook Page!

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As always, thank you for reading. We will see you tomorrow for Wordy Wednesday and a fun expression to use when someone is pregnant. Until then, have a great day!


Monday the 28th of September, 2015
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MISSING MONDAY: COLLOCATION WITH 'REDUNDANT'

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Happy Monday, readers! I hope that you had a wonderful weekend.

For today's Missing Monday, we are looking at a COLLOCATION. This COLLOCATION is another way of saying TO BE FIRED (to lose your job), usually due to economic problems in the company. 

Sentence 1: I have to look for a new job. I was _____________ redundant today. 

Hint 1: The missing word is a verb

Hint 2: It is in the past tense

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Thanks to all of those who participate! Have a great day!


Friday the 25th of September, 2015
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PHRASAL VERB FRIDAY: 'TO DRAG ON'

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Hello everyone! Are you ready for the last post of the week?

For Phrasal Verb Friday, we are looking at the verb TO DRAG ON

Definition
: to continue for longer than is necessary. 

Example 1: The professor's lecture dragged on forever today. 

Example 2: I think I dragged my answer on longer than I should have. 

Example 3: Our speech should be short. We don't want it to drag on

This phrasal verb can be TRANSITIVE (example 2) or INTRANSITIVE (examples 1 and 3) and is OPTIONALLY SEPARABLE (example 2 could be "dragged on my answer...").

Hopefully your day is not dragging on! And hopefully you have a great weekend. We will see you on Monday for more English lessons! Until then, take care.


Thursday the 24th of September, 2015
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NO DAILY VITAMIN TODAY

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Hello readers, 

Today there is no Daily Vitamin post as it is a bank holiday in Barcelona. Today is La Mercè. You can read about this holiday (in English) at the following link.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Merce

Have a great day and we'll see you tomorrow for Phrasal Verb Friday