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08 / 03 / 2007

MATTER (Revision): meaning and examples

Good morning!

Today's Daily Vitamin was originally sent in November of 2003 and is about the very useful noun, matter. (Tomorrow we will look at the verb to matter.)

The noun matter can refer to many different things:
-a subject which is being dealt with or considered (example 1)
-a problem or a bad situation (example 2)
-a substance (example 3)
-when time is short (example 4)

It is quite common in normal conversation and is a word that is not generally taught in traditional English coursebooks.

Example 1:
Many feel that global warming is a matter which needs to be addressed by the politicians of the world.

Example 2:
What's the matter? You seem quite sad today.

Example 3:
Humans are made up of organic matter, 70 percent of which is water.

Example 4:
The meeting is going to start in a matter of minutes; where is John?

If you have any questions about these uses of matter, please post them in the Daily Vitamin Plus! forum section on our website.

Enjoy the rest of your day.