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Friday the 27th of February, 2015
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PHRASAL VERB FRIDAY: 'WIND DOWN'

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Welcome to the last Daily Vitamin post of the week! For today's Phrasal Verb Friday, we are looking at the verb TO WIND DOWN

Definition 1: to come to a close or an end.

Example 1: The dance is winding down. Let's go home.

Definition 2: to relax after a lot of stress or excitement.

Example 2: When I get home from work I like to wind down by listening to my favourite CD. 

Example 3: He winds himself down with a cup of tea and a good book. 

Depending on the context, this phrasal verb can be TRANSITIVE or INTRANSITIVE. It is also SEPARABLE when it takes an object.

Before you wind your week down, take a look at last month's lesson on the difference between the pronunciation of the verb WIND and the noun WIND

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2493

Have a great weekend!


Thursday the 26th of February, 2015
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THEME THURSDAY: 'AS...AS' EXPRESSIONS (AS MAD AS A HATTER)

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Welcome to today's Theme Thursday everyone!

As you know, this month we are looking at AS...AS EXPRESSIONS. So far we have looked at the idioms AS COOL AS A CUCUMBER, AS BUSY AS A BEE and AS RIGHT AS RAIN. Our final expression of the month is AS MAD AS A HATTER.

Definition: crazy, insane.

Example 1: He became as mad as a hatter when he lost his keys. 

Example 2: My neighbour is as mad as a hatter. He's always yelling at us!

According to Wikipedia, this expression comes from how crazy hatters (people who made hats) became over time due to exposure to mercury used in hat-making. You can read more about it here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mad_as_a_hatter

That's all for today. Tomorrow we will look at the phrasal verb TO WIND DOWN. See you then!


Wednesday the 25th of February, 2015
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WORDY WEDNESDAY: COMPARATIVES IN NICK DRAKE'S 'A PLACE TO BE'

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Hello everyone! It's the middle of the week, and maybe you need a calming song to help you relax. For today's Wordy Wednesday, we are looking at the words of a song called "Place To Be" by a singer named Nick Drake

We have looked at comparatives many times over the last month, and this song uses many comparative constructions. These are in bold in the lyrics below. 

Click on this link to listen to "Place To Be," and enjoy this wonderful use of comparatives.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IUqN9ozmhw


Place To Be (by Nick Drake)

When I was younger, younger than before
I never saw the truth hanging from the door
And now I'm older see it face to face
And now I'm older gotta get up clean the place.

And I was green, greener than the hill
Where the flowers grew and the sun shone still
Now I'm darker than the deepest sea
Just hand me down, give me a place to be.

And I was strong, strong in the sun
I thought I'd see when day is done
Now I'm weaker than the palest blue
Oh, so weak in this need for you.

Do you know a song in English that includes comparatives in it? If so, tell us on our Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/ZigguratEnglishServ

I hope you have a great day!


Tuesday the 24th of February, 2015
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TENSE TUESDAY: THE MODAL "OUGHT TO"

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Good morning and happy Tuesday to everyone!

For today's lesson, we are looking at the modal verb OUGHT TO.

Over the years we have created quite a few lessons about modal verbs. (Some of the lessons are explained in Spanish.) You can see the modal lessons at the link below.

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

OUGHT TO is a modal that is similar to SHOULD. We use it to give advice. It is followed by the base form of a verb (= infinitive without "to"). 

Example 1: You ought to call your mother. 

Example 2: He ought to pay attention to the lecture. 

For the negative, we use OUGHT NOT TO

Example 3: You ought not to eat so many sweets. 

Example 4: She ought not to speak so loudly in the theatre. 

OUGHT TO is perhaps more common in UK English than US English; in the US SHOULD is used more often.

That's all for today! Thanks for reading! 


Monday the 23rd of February, 2015
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MISSING MONDAY: FORMING A QUESTION

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Hello everyone! I hope that you had a nice weekend. 

Today's Missing Monday is a little different. Instead of our readers guessing the missing word, we are asking you to form a question using the words below.

Here are the words you must use:

you / ? / do / know / is / where / sister / my


Can you organize these words into a question? Give us your answer on our Facebook page. We will post the correct answer later today. 

https://www.facebook.com/ZigguratEnglishServ

Good luck!

I'll see you tomorrow for Tense Tuesday and a lesson on the modal verb OUGHT TO.