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Thursday the 31st of January, 2013
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EIGHT vs. EIGHTH

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Good morning!

Today we have our final spelling distinction with these two numbers:

EIGHT: a nominal or cardinal number, used for quantity.

EIGHTH: an ordinal number, used for sequences or dates.

Example 1:
The number eight comes after seven and before nine. 

Example 2:
We will give a prize to the eighth person in the queue.

Example 3:
Lucas is eight years old. He was born on the eighth day of the eighth month; in other words... on August 8th.

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

Until then, have a great day!


Wednesday the 30th of January, 2013
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LIVE vs. LIFE

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Today we have two more words with similar and often-confused spellings. 

LIVE (verb, adverb): to exist

LIFE (singular noun): existence; the state between birth and death. (NOTE: the plural of life is lives)

Example 1:
We all live in the same neighbourhood.

Example 2:
Human beings only have one life, but in English there is a saying that cats have nine lives.

Example 3:
It's my life so please don't tell me how to live it.

There are several other past Daily Vitamins about the words LIVE and LIFE at the following link.

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?rs=live


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Tuesday the 29th of January, 2013
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ADVICE vs. ADVISE

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Today we look at two more words that have similar spellings, but different meanings and pronunication, that are often confused.

ADVICE: (noun) a recommendation about a particular action to take

ADVISE: (verb) to strongly recommend actions; to give advice

Example 1:
Thank you for the advice you gave me on how to reach my goals. It really helped motivate me!

Example 2:
I advise you to talk to your doctor before starting any kind of diet.

Example 3:
Sam: Listen, Shirley. Mr. Haines is a sensitive man so I advise you to be very diplomatic during the meeting. 
Shirley: Sam, if I wanted your advice, I'd ask you. Don't worry; I know what I'm doing.

As you can see, the difference between the verb and the noun is an 's' or a 'c'!

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Monday the 28th of January, 2013
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LOSE vs. LOOSE

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Good morning!

I hope you had a pleasant weekend! Today we are going to explain two common words that are often confused because of their similar spelling.

TO LOSE (verb): when you can't locate or find something. You don't have possession of it.

LOOSE (adjective): something that does not fit well because of excess space. The opposite of tight.

Example 1:
Betty: Oh darn! I can't find my glasses!
Shirley: Where did you lose them?
Betty: If I knew that, I'd have them now!

Example 2:
I lost* 10 kg after the holidays and now all of my trousers are loose

(*past of TO LOSE)

Example 3:
The wheel on the bicycle is loose. If you have a spanner, I can fix it.

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Friday the 25th of January, 2013
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PLAY / GO / DO (EWV)-3

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Good morning.

Hoy es la última Essential Weekly Vitamin sobre verbos relacionados con el deporte.

Today's verb is: TO DO + sports or physical activities
(El verbo de hoy es: hacer + deportes o actividades físicas)

It is used: with activities that often take place inside a gym and involve movement but not a change of location. Some sports or activities used with the verb TO DO are: aerobics, martial arts (karate, judo, tai chi, etc.), yoga, weight-lifting, etc.
(Se utiliza con actividades que suelen tener lugar dentro de un gimnasio y incluyen movimiento sin cambiar de lugar. Algunos de los deportes o actividades que se utilizan con el verbo TO DO son: aeróbic, artes marciales (karate, judo, tai chi, etc.), yoga, levantar pesas, etc.)

Example 1:
There are so many different activities to do at my gym. On Mondays I do aerobics. On Wednesdays I do kick-boxing. And, on Friday afternoons, I do yoga. It helps me to relax before the weekend.
(Hay muchas actividades que hacer en mi gimnasio. Los lunes hago aeróbic. Los miércoles hago kickboxing. Y los viernes por la tarde, hago yoga. Me ayuda a relajarme antes del fin de semana.)

Example 2
:
Max did judo when he was younger, but now he prefers to do weight-lifting.
(Max hacía judo cuando era más joven, pero ahora prefiere hacer levantamiento de pesas.)

Espero que haya quedado clara la diferencia entre los verbos TO PLAY, TO GO y TO DO cuando hablamos de deporte y actividad física. Si no, estaré encantado de contestar a tus preguntas. Por favor escribe un comentario en la sección de la Daily Vitamin en nuestra web clicando en el botón "Add a Comment".

Have a great day and an excellent weekend!