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Wednesday the 31st of March, 2004
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Good morning.

If you own a business or work for one, you should be familiar with today's verb: to hire.

It means: to pay someone to work for you; to employ someone.

Example 1
Our sales are down. I think we should hire a new marketing director.

Hire can also mean the same as "rent"; in other words, it can be used for things as well as people.

Example 2
This weekend we're going to hire a car and drive to France.

In the US, the second usage is not used. Instead, the word "rent" is used for things and "hire" for employing people.

So, what do you think is the correct option for Example 3?

Example 3
Tomorrow when I get to Paris, I will ________ a room for the night.
A. hire
B. rent
C. A in the UK and B in the US

The correct answer is C. We generally hire a room in the UK and rent a room in the US. In the UK hire is used for things and people, but in the US it is usually only used for people.

I hope this Vitamin has been useful and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Tuesday the 30th of March, 2004
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Good morning.

Today we look at two more very common English verbs that often cause confusion: carry and wear. Remember that carry means to hold something in your hands and take it somewhere and wear is when you have something on your body as clothing or decoration, such as jewellery.

Consider the following examples:

Example 1
Jack...can you please help me carry that box; it's very heavy!

Example 2
I think I'm going to wear my favourite earrings tonight; it's a special occasion.

Example 3
My wife never carries carries a purse. She prefers to carry a small rucksack.

What do you think is the correct option for the following example?

Example 4
When it is very sunny, I like to ________ a hat.
A. Wear
B. Carry

I hope this Vitamin has been useful. Remember, if you have any further questions about these two verbs, you can leave a comment below.

By the way, the correct answer to number 4 is "When it is very sunny, I like to wear a hat." A hat is clothing.

Have a great day!

Monday the 29th of March, 2004
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Good morning. I hope all of you had a good weekend.

Before beginning, I would like to welcome all of the new Daily Vitamin recipients that have joined us in the last few days. I sincerely hope that the content of the Daily Vitamins helps you to stay in contact with English and learn a little every day.

As I always say, one of the most difficult things about learning a language is maintaining what you have already learned. Therefore, recycling and revision should be a very important part of any learner's daily activity.

Today's content was originally covered last January. I hope seeing it again will help you to remember the important differences between English and Spanish/Catalan with respect to capital letters.

Remember that in English there are many words that begin with CAPITAL LETTERS that don't in Spanish or Catalan. Following are some of the most common cases.

In English we always capitalise
Names of Languages: Spanish, English, French, German, etc. (NOT english, spanish.)

Nationalities: American, English, South African, European, etc. (NOT american, english.)

Days of the week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, etc. (NOT monday, tuesday.)

Months of the year: January, February, March, April, May, etc. (NOT january, february.)

Enjoy the rest of your day!

Friday the 26th of March, 2004
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Good morning.

Today we look at another pair of verbs that are false friends: attend and assist.

Attend means: to be present at an activity or an event or to go regularly to a school, church or other organisation.

Example 1
I attended secondary school in a foreign country; it was a great experience.

Example 2
Where were you? I told you that attending the meeting was obligatory!

Assist means: to help someone.

Example 3
assisted the old woman off the bus.

Both of these verbs have noun equivalents: attendance and assistance

Enjoy the rest of your day and have a relaxing weekend!

Thursday the 25th of March, 2004
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Good morning everybody.

Today we look at the difference between the verbs apply and solicit. They are similar in meaning, yet very different. They are not the same as their Spanish or Catalan equivalents (aplicar/solicitar), so they can be considered "false friends."

Apply means: to request a job officially or to request a place to study at a university.

Example 1
I applied to three different universities and all of them accepted me! Now I have the difficult job of deciding which one I want to attend.

Example 2
I applied for a job with IBM and it appears they are interested in me; I have my first face-to-face interview this Friday.

Solicit means: to ask for support or money.

Example 3
The president of Iran solicited aid from the United Nations after the devastating earthquake.

Notice that these verbs are similar in some ways; they are used to request something. However, they are not synonyms and they often cause confusion. Remember that we apply for a job by filling out an application. We DO NOT "solicit" a job or fill out a "solicitude."

Enjoy the rest of your day!