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Monday the 28th of February, 2005
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TO SUIT (1)

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Good morning everybody. I hope you had a nice weekend! Today's word is: to suit (pronunciation --> rhymes with shoot and flute). It means: that something (clothes or a hair style) looks good on a person because of the colour or style. With this expression, we use the following word order: Article/piece of clothing or hairstyle + SUIT + person Example 1: They say that pink clothes do not suit a person with red hair. Example 2: I don’t think that dress suits you very well. You would look better in something that wasn't so tight! Example 3: Kathy's new haircut really suits her. It makes her look younger and more modern. If you have any questions about this verb, please don't hesitate to contact me. Have a nice day.



Friday the 25th of February, 2005
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TO FIT

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Good morning. Today's word is: to fit It's used : to express that something is the right size or shape. When we talk about clothes, we use this verb with the following word order: the article or piece of clothing + FIT + person. Example 1: These shoes fit me very well. They're not too loose and they're not too tight. In fact, they're a perfect fit! (Notice that fit is used as a noun in the expression "it's a perfect fit".) Example 2: If the suit doesn't fit you well, you can either get it altered or try on another size. When we talk about putting things in a space, we use this word order: Subject + FIT + thing or person that goes in the space. Example 3: The car is full. We can't fit anybody else in. You'll have to call a taxi. Example 4: Can you fit these books in your bag? I don't have any more space in mine to carry them. If you have any questions about this word, please don't hesitate to contact me. Have a nice day and an excellent weekend!



Thursday the 24th of February, 2005
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TO MARRY vs. TO GET MARRIED TO

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Good morning. Today we're going to look at the difference between to marry someone and to get married to someone. These two verbs have the same meaning; however, they have different grammatical structures. TO MARRY SOMEONE It means: to become the husband or wife of someone. Notice that there is no preposition between the verb and the object. Example 1: She married her childhood sweetheart. (childhood sweetheart = boyfriend or girlfriend from childhood.) We often use this verb in the passive form (be married) to talk about the details of the marriage ceremony (the wedding). Examples: -They were married by a priest (cura). -She was married as soon as she finished her university degree. -They were married in a small, intimate ceremony. TO GET MARRIED TO SOMEONE It means: to become the husband or wife of someone. Notice that we use the preposition TO between the verb and the object. In Spanish, this preposition is CON, but in English we do not say "with", we say "to." Example 2: She got married to her childhood sweetheart. To get married is an alternative passive form of the verb to marry, and we therefore also use this form to talk about the details of the marriage ceremony (the wedding). Examples: -They got married in a civil ceremony. -We're going to get married on a cruise ship. -He didn't get married until he was in his late forties. If you have any questions about these verbs, please don't hesitate to contact me. Have a wonderful day!



Wednesday the 23rd of February, 2005
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TO GET SOMETHING STRAIGHT

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Good morning. Today's expression is: to get something straight. It means: to understand something correctly. Example 1: I'm not sure I understand what you're saying. Let me try and get it straight. (Equivalent expression = I want to try to understand.) Example 2: We had to repeat the explanation three times before they got it straight. Example 3: I'm a visual person so I need you to write down the instructions step-by-step if you want me to get them straight. It's not enough for you just to tell me. Have you got this expression straight? If not, please don't hesitate to contact me. Enjoy the rest of your day!



Tuesday the 22nd of February, 2005
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TO KEEP A STRAIGHT FACE

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Good morning. Today's expression is: to keep a straight face It means: not to show that you want to smile or laugh in a situation; to maintain a neutral facial expression. Example 1: How did you manage to keep a straight face during the presentation? When I have to give presentations or speeches, I get so nervous that I start laughing. Example 2: It can be very difficult to keep a straight face when somebody does something embarrassing in front of you. Example 3: The students were behaving so badly that the teacher got very angry and shouted at them. However, some of the students couldn't keep a straight face and started laughing. This, of course, made the teacher even angrier. If you have any questions about this expression, please don't hesitate to contact me. Have a great day!