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Wednesday the 30th of November, 2011
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TIME EXPRESSIONS WITH 'FEW'

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Good morning again.

Today we continue with our look at expressions with the word FEW, specifically how we use this word to refer to future and past time periods.

Today's 1st expression is: in a few minutes

Meaning: used to refer to a time period that is two or three minutes from now. We can substitute the word minutes with hours/days/weeks etc.

Example 1:
I'll be ready to leave in a few minutes.

Example 2:
Aunt Julia will be visiting us in a few days.

Today's 2nd expression is: a few minutes ago

Meaning: used to refer to a time period that was finished two or three minutes in the past. We can substitute the word minutes with hours/days/weeks etc.

Example 3:
Dr. Andrews called a few minutes ago. He left a message on the answering machine.

Example 4:
The last time I saw Benny was a few years ago. I wonder if he's still living in Montana.

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Tuesday the 29th of November, 2011
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QUITE A FEW

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Good morning again.

Today we continue with our look at expressions with the word FEW.

Today's expression is: quite a few

Meaning: An unspecific and somewhat large number of something; more than a few but fewer than a lot.

Example 1:
We have quite a few textbooks that we never use. Shall we donate some of them to a school?

Example 2:
There are quite a few applicants for the position. I'm sure that we'll find someone suitable.

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Monday the 28th of November, 2011
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FEW vs. A FEW

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Good morning. I hope all of you had a nice weekend.

This week we are going to look at the meanings and uses of the word FEW. Today we look at the difference between FEW and A FEW.

Meaning of FEW: an insignificantly small quantity; almost none.

Note: Few is used with countable nouns only.

Example 1:
There were few tickets sold, so the performance had to be cancelled.

Example 2:
All of the candidates were highly qualified. I see few reasons not to invite them all to the training session.

Meaning of A FEW: some.

Note: A Few is also used with countable nouns only.

Example 3:
Oscar: There are a few people waiting outside.
Miranda: Already? We don't open for another 20 minutes. How many are there?
Oscar: Five or six. I guess they want to get the best seats.

Example 4
:
There were a few interesting sessions at the conference, but I would have preferred more opportunities for interaction.

Tomorrow we will begin to look at some expressions with the word FEW.

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Friday the 25th of November, 2011
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HAND EXPRESSIONS (EWV)-4

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Good morning.

Hoy acabamos nuestra serie de Essential Weekly Vitamins sobre expresiones con la palabra HAND.

Today's Expression is: to have your hands tied
(La expresión de hoy es: estar con las manos atadas.)

It means: when you cannot do what you want because something, such as a rule or law or the situation, prevents it.
(Significa: no poder hacer lo que quieres porque algo, como una regla o situación, lo impide.)

Example 1
Alice: You have to begin looking for my husband! He didn't come home last night!
Police Officer: I'm sorry; my hands are tied. We can't consider him a missing person until he has been missing for 24 hours.
(Alice: ¡Tienen que empezar a buscar a mi marido! ¡No volvió a casa anoche!)
(Agente de Policía: Lo siento; tengo las manos atadas. No podemos considerarle una persona desaparecida hasta que hayan pasado 24 horas desde su desaparición.)

Example 2

John: Jason. We have to get the computer set up immediately! What are you waiting for?
Jason: My hands are tied. The new software hasn't arrived yet. There is nothing I can do!
(John: Jason. Tenemos que montar el nuevo ordenador inmediatamente ¿A qué estás esperando?)
(Jason: Tengo las manos atadas. El nuevo software todavía no ha llegado. No puedo hacer nada.)

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Thursday the 24th of November, 2011
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LAST EXPRESSIONS-4

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Hello again.

Today we finish our look at expressions with the word LAST.

Today's expression is
: every last...

Meaning
: every person or thing in a group.

Example 1
:
They spent every last euro of the marketing budget on that worthless television commercial. Now they have nothing left for the spring campaign.

Example 2:
He spoke with every last member of the department individually, one by one. This time there is no excuse. All of them have been thoroughly informed of the changes.

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Remember that tomorrow we present the Essential Weekly Vitamin for Spanish-speaking students of English.

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