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Friday the 30th of March, 2007
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BODY EXPRESSIONS: BEHIND SOMEBODY'S BACK (Review)

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Good morning.

Back in October of 2003 we sent a Daily Vitamin about today's expression. We have decided to review it today.

Today's expression is: behind somebody's back

Meaning: If you do something behind someone's back, you do it without them knowing, in a way which is unfair.

Example 1:
I don't want to talk about it behind his back, since I consider him to be a friend and would prefer to discuss it with him present.

Example 2:
She was accused of going behind her colleagues' backs to talk to management.

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Have a wonderful Easter week!



Thursday the 29th of March, 2007
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KIDDING (Review)

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Good morning.

Today we answer a suggestion recently sent by David Berga by reviewing a Daily Vitamin sent exactly one year ago.

Today's expression is: You're kidding! -- Are you kidding? (informal, spoken English)

It is used when: you do not believe or agree with what someone has said.

Example 1:
Ralph: Betsy and James are getting married.
Tom: You're kidding! I thought they broke up with each other last year.

Example 2:
Mr. Fence: I have decided to sell my computer company and give the money to charity.
Mrs. Fence: You're kidding! I don't believe you for one moment, William. You love that company more than anything else in the world!

Example 3
Alan: Do you want to go with me to the jazz festival this weekend?
Ruth: Are you kidding? I hate jazz music. Why don't you ask Nancy, instead?

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Wednesday the 28th of March, 2007
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NO WAY!

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Good morning.

Today's Daily Vitamin is about a very colloquial oral expression.

Today's expression is: No way!

It is used: to indicate that you will definitely not do something or that something will definitely not happen.

Example 1:
Erik: Are you going to invite Janet to your party?
Russell: No way! She always drinks too much and acts like an idiot.

It is also quite common to use no way within a sentence, to emphasise that you have no intention of doing something or that something will not happen.

Example 2:
There is no way I will lend my car to you. You drive like a madman!

Example 3:
No way is he going to do it.

There are different ways to translate this expression (to Spanish). Here are some possibilities:

Example 1 (Spanish):
Erik: ¿Vas a invitar a Janet a tu fiesta?
Russell: ¡Ni hablar! Siempre bebe demasiado y se porta como un idiota.

Example 2 (Spanish):
No hay ninguna posibilidad de que te preste mi coche. Conduces como un loco.

Example 3 (Spanish):
De ninguna manera lo va a hacer. / Ni loco lo hará.

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Tuesday the 27th of March, 2007
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COMMERCIAL (ADJ)

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Good morning.

Yesterday we learned that the English NOUN commercial is an audio or video advertisement, usually presented on television, radio or in a movie theatre. I also emphasised that commercial CANNOT be the translation of the Spanish noun comercialUn comercial in Spanish translates to a salesperson in English.

Spanish: Es el comercial que más ventas ha hecho este mes.
English: He's the salesperson who has made the most sales this month.

Today we are going to look at some of the meanings of the ADJECTIVE commercial, which are similar to the meanings of the Spanish adjective comercial.

Meaning 1: Connected with the buying and selling of products or services.

Example1:
Very soon NASA will begin the first commercial space flights.

Meaning 2: Making or intended to make a profit.

Example 2:
Despite being very interesting, the film was not a commercial success.

Meaning 3
: More concerned with profit and popularity, than with quality (to show disapproval).

Example 3:
That band has lost a lot of its original fans, since their most recent music is very commercial. They are selling more CDs now, but I've stopped listening to their music.

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Monday the 26th of March, 2007
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COMMERCIAL vs. ADVERTISEMENT

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Good morning.

I hope everyone had a nice weekend. Last Wednesday we received the following question from Olga, related to the Daily Vitamin about Advertisement.

Is a commercial the same as an advertisement?
Olga

As we said last Wednesday, an advertisement is a notice, picture or film telling people about a product, job or service; it's a paid public promotion of some product or service.

A commercial is an audio or video advertisement, usually presented on television, radio or in a movie theatre.

So, advertisement is more generic; anything that promotes a product or service to be sold is an advertisement. However, a commercial has moving pictures or sound; a commercial is advertising on the radio or television.

Example 1:
I'm going to put an advertisement in the local newspaper in order to sell my car.

Example 2:
I don't like to watch commercials on the television, and it seems like every day there are more and more.

NOTE: Commercial CANNOT be the translation of the Spanish noun comercial

Spanish: Es el comercial que más ventas ha hecho este mes.

English: He's the salesperson who has made the most sales this month.

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Have a nice day.