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Tuesday the 23rd of December, 2003
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MERRY CHRISTMAS or HAPPY CHRISTMAS

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Good morning everybody and Merry Christmas!

Today is the last Daily Vitamin until Wednesday, January 7th 2004.

Today we look at some terms related to Christmas. For example, during the Christmas holiday season we often wish our friends and colleagues a Merry Christmas or a Happy Christmas.

Merry Christmas is more common in the United States and Happy Christmas is more common in the UK. However, you may hear both in either country.

The 24th of December is Christmas Eve and the 25th of December is Christmas Day. Santa Clause comes on Christmas Eve. Families exchange gifts on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas Day.

Remember, the next Daily Vitamin will be Wednesday, January 7th, 2004. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Monday the 22nd of December, 2003
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IN THE LONG RUN

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Good morning. I hope you had a good weekend.

Today's expression is: in the long run or in the long term.

It means: not immediately or right away, but at some time in the future.

Example 1:
If we cut jobs now, it could be more expensive in the long run since our production and our profits will go down; we'll also have to hire freelance workers, which are more expensive.

Example 2:
Although many complain about the change to the Euro, most economists say it will be beneficial for Catalonia and the rest of Spain in the long run.

Enjoy your day!


Friday the 19th of December, 2003
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TO TAKE AFTER

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Good morning.

Today's expression is: the phrasal verb to take after somebody.

It means: to look or behave like an older family member.

Example:
He takes after his father; he looks and acts just like him.

Have a good day and have a great weekend!


Thursday the 18th of December, 2003
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DEAL-4

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Good morning.

Today we will look at another very common spoken use of deal.

Expression: a big deal or to make a big deal out of something.

Meaning: something that is very important or to behave as if something is very important.

Example 1:
Speaker 1: Hurry up! We're going to be late!
Speaker 2: I don't think it's a big deal if we arrive 3 minutes late. Relax.

Example 2:
Every time my son comes home with dirty clothes, my wife makes such a big deal out of it. He's only three years old!

If you have any questions about this use of deal, please leave a comment. Answering your questions isn't a big deal, so don't be shy.

Have a good day!


Wednesday the 17th of December, 2003
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DEAL-3

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Good morning.

Today's meaning of deal is what is happening or what is going to happen; it is usually reserved for spoken English.

Example 1:
So what's the deal? Is your mother-in-law coming or not?

Example 2:
Speaker 1: Will you please tell me what the deal is?
Speaker 2: Yes. We're going to meet in 10 minutes in the plaza.

Enjoy your day!