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Friday the 19th of October, 2018
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VERB + PREPOSITION (CONCENTRATE)

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Hello everyone and welcome to our Friday lesson!

As you know, this week we have focused on Verb + Preposition Combinations. We are finishing the week with CONCENTRATE ON

Definition: To focus energy or thoughts on something. 

Example 1: Last year, I worked on improving my English vocabulary. Now, I am concentrating on improving my pronunciation. 

Example 2: I was concentrating on my daughter while she was swimming and I didn't see my friend arrive at the pool. 

Example 3: At work, we are concentrating on improving sales and customer service. 

Example 4: I can't concentrate on my book because of all the construction. 

That concludes this week's lessons. As always, thank you for reading, and have a wonderful weekend!



Thursday the 18th of October, 2018
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VERB + PREPOSITION (OBJECT)

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Welcome to the fourth day of our Verb + Preposition Combinations week! Today we are looking at the combination OBJECT TO

Definition: To not agree with. 

Example 1: I objected to paying extra for car rental insurance. We already have insurance that covers rental cars. 

Example 2: She objected to marrying him because her parents didn't like him. 

Example 3: Why did you object to my mom paying for dinner? She likes to treat us!

Note the pronunciation of the verb object: we pronounce this obJECT and not OBject. An OBject is a noun ("a thing that you can see or touch") and obJECT is a verb.

I wanted to make one other important point. At times the line between a verb + preposition and a phrasal verb (verb + adverbial particle) is very thin. Some of these verb + preposition combinations could be considered phrasal verbs, or what some call prepositional verbs. Don't worry too much about these grammatical classifications; the important thing is to learn to use these verbs correctly. If you are interested, you can read a short summary about these categories at the Cambridge online Dictionary (see the following link):

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/es/gramatica/gramatica-britanica/about-verbs/verbs-multi-word-verbs

That's all for today. Thank you for reading!



Wednesday the 17th of October, 2018
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VERB + PREPOSITION (SPEND)

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Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Before starting, I wanted to let you know that I will be doing a free webinar (an online class) about how to improve your English pronunciation. The webinar is Today, October 17th at 14:15. You can register for the class at the following link:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/a451d63b2bb06e0fdc2040ba88984b7b

As you probably know, this week we are learning Verb + Preposition Combinations. Today's combination is SPEND ON

Definition: To put time or money or effort into something. 

Example 1: I spend a lot of money on travel, but it's worth it. 

Example 2: What did you spend your birthday money on?

Example 3: I spent my bonus paycheque on a new sofa. 

Example 4: I spent a lot of time on this project. 

That's it for today. I hope you don't spend too much time on unnecessary projects today!



Tuesday the 16th of October, 2018
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VERB + PREPOSITION (DIVIDE)

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Welcome back to the Daily Vitamin, everyone!

This week, we are focusing on Verb + Preposition Combinations, and today we are looking at the word DIVIDE. We use the combination DIVIDE + INTO.

Example 1: They divided us into two teams. 

Example 2: She divided the pie into even pieces. 

Example 3: We divide the year into 12 months. 

That's all for today. We will see you tomorrow for a lesson about the word SPEND.

Have a great day!



Monday the 15th of October, 2018
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VERB + PREPOSITION (SUPPLY)

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Welcome to Monday's Daily Vitamin, everyone! Are you excited to hear what this week's theme is?

Students so often say that they have issues with prepositions. This week, we are focusing on Verb + Preposition Combinations. We will begin with the verb SUPPLY and the combination SUPPLY WITH

Example 1: They supplied us with food and water. 

Example 2: We will supply you with everything you need. 

Example 3: Everyone will be supplied with pens and pencils. 

Notice that we have the construction SUPPLY + OBJECT + WITH in the first two examples. For the third example, we do not have this construction because it is passive.

To learn more about the Passive Voice, read some of our previous lessons. 

The Future with Passive Voice
Present Perfect with Passive Voice
Active vs. Passive Present Continuous
Active vs. Passive Simple Past
Active vs. Passive Present Perfect Continuous

That's all for today. Have a wonderful Monday!