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Friday the 20th of January, 2017
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PHRASAL VERB FRIDAY: FREEZE OUT

Good morning everyone and happy Friday to you! I hope the last day of the work week is going well for you.

Last week for Phrasal Verb Friday we looked at the phrasal verb TO FREEZE UP. Today we are looking at the verb TO FREEZE OUT. FREEZE OUT has three or four definitions, but today we are only looking at two.

Definition 1: to make it too cold for someone, usually by opening windows or through the use of air-conditioning.  

Example 1: Are you trying to freeze out everybody? Please turn off the air conditioning. (Or "Are you trying to freeze everybody out?")

Example 2: He opened the window and froze us out of the room.

If you include a place (a prepositional phrase, like in Example 2), you usually separate the verb.

Definition 2: to prevent someone or something from being involved in an activity.

Example 2: The CEO froze him out of the project and replaced him with the new manager.

Example 3: The company tried to freeze out its competition by putting a supermarket on almost every corner.

This phrasal verb is usually SEPARABLE, but it depends on the meaning (as you will see by the above examples). If you separate it with these two meanings, you will usually be okay.

That's all for today. Thanks for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!



Thursday the 19th of January, 2017
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THEME THURSDAY: IDIOMS WITH 'COLD' (COLD SHOULDER)

Hello, everyone! Are you ready for week 2 of January's Theme Thursday and IDIOMS WITH COLD?

Today we are looking at the expression TO GIVE A / THE COLD SHOULDER.

Definition: to deliberately ignore someone. 

Example 1: After their fight, he gave her the cold shoulder for a week. 

Example 2: John has given me the cold shoulder since I got the promotion. I think he's angry he didn't get it. 

The singer Adele has a song called "Cold Shoulder." Have you heard it? You can watch the video at the following link. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGwH-x4VoH8

That's all for today. Thanks for reading! Have a great day.



Wednesday the 18th of January, 2017
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WORDY WEDNESDAY: NAIVE

Good morning to each of you! Thanks for starting your day with the Daily Vitamin.

For today's Wordy Wednesday we are looking at the word NAIVE

Definition 1: showing a lack of experience, wisdom, or judgment.

Example 1: We were so young and naive when we got married. But here we are, 30 years later! 

Definition 2: innocent. 

Example 2: I was so naive when I was a child. I believed all the little lies my brother told me. 

Example 3: The naive children watched the magician and were amazed. 

That's all for today. Thanks for reading!



Tuesday the 17th of January, 2017
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TENSE TUESDAY: DEPENDENT PREPOSITIONS (FROM)

Good morning, readers! Last week we looked at Dependent Prepositions and we are doing it again today; this time we are looking at VERB + FROM combinations. If you need a review, the following link is to last week’s explanation of Dependent Prepositions.

https://www.ziggurat.es/leccion_ingles/2858

A common Dependent Preposition is FROM used with SUFFER and RECOVER

Example 1: He suffers from asthma. 

Example 2: How long have you suffered from allergies?

Example 3: She is recovering from surgery. 

Example 4: I am recovering from a cold, so I won’t go swimming. 

These are easy to remember together since you suffer FROM something and then hopefully recover FROM it.

That’s all for today. Thanks for reading!



Monday the 16th of January, 2017
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MISSING MONDAY: "BORN AND _____" + "MEET REBECCA" BLOG POST

Happy Monday, Ziggurat students and Daily Vitamin readers! For Missing Monday we are looking at an expression that we first saw in a Ziggurat Blog post, “Teacher Interview: Let's Meet Rebecca Sweet!”

Rebecca’s interview can be read here:

https://zigguratenglish.wordpress.com/2016/11/23/teacher-interview-lets-meet-rebecca-sweet/ 

In this interview, Rebecca used a common English expression "born and _____". Here is the sentence she used. Do you know how to complete it? 

Sentence: “I was born and _____ in Atherstone, which is a small picturesque town situated in Warwickshire, England.”

Give us your guess on our Facebook or Twitter pages and we will post the correct answer (or answers) later. 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZigguratLanguageServices/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/englishdaily

That's all for today. Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful beginning to your week.