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Friday the 29th of April, 2016
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PHRASAL VERB FRIDAY: ZIGGURAT BLOG + WRITE DOWN

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Hello, readers! Welcome to our last lesson of the week. For Phrasal Verb Friday, we are looking at the phrasal verb TO WRITE DOWN. It was used by Derek Sivers in his TED Talk, "Keep your goals to yourself."

Definition
: to write something on a piece of paper so that you do not forget it. 

Derek Sivers uses this phrasal verb in the following way to talk about the process of a research study:

Example 1
: Everyone wrote down their personal goal.


Here are some more examples.

Example 2
: Write down what you need from the store and I will get those items for you. 

Example 3
: You should write your goals down to make them more real. 

Example 4: They wrote down the license plate of the car that hit them. 

This phrasal verb is TRANSITIVE and can be SEPARATED (as in Example 3).

Ziggurat has a comprehensive lesson about this very interesting TED Talk. Click on the following link to watch the full video and download the lesson. 

https://zigguratenglish.wordpress.com/2016/04/11/keep-your-goals-to-yourself-derek-sivers/

That's all for this week. As always, thank you for reading and have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday the 28th of April, 2016
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THEME THURSDAY: WORDS FROM SHAKESPEARE (RANT)

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Hello, readers!

For April we are looking at words from Shakespeare for our Theme Thursday posts. Today we are looking at the verb RANT

Definition
: to speak or shout in an angry, impassioned way. 

Example 1: The celebrity ranted on Twitter. I think he was drunk. 

Example 2: The politician ranted about her opponent during her speech. 

We also use it often in the expression TO GO ON A RANT

Example 3: Before you go on a rant, make sure you understand what happened here. 

Example 4: The customer went on a rant and it made the other customers really uncomfortable.

Shakespeare used this word in Hamlet with the line:

"I'll rant as well as thou." (Translation: "I'll rant as well as you do.")

That's all for today! I hope you have a great day!


Wednesday the 27th of April, 2016
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WORDY WEDNESDAY: SLANG 'TO ROCK'

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Hello readers! For Wordy Wednesday we are looking at a very informal and fun slang expression: TO ROCK (something). 

Definition
: to wear clothes or accessories with style, sometimes clothes or accessories that are very unique. 

Example 1: You're rocking that vintage t-shirt. I love it on you!

Example 2: He thinks he's so trendy, but I've been rocking that style for years. 

Example 3: I can't wear these shoes: they look ridiculous on me. But you totally rock them. You can have them if you'd like!

Are you ROCKING new clothes or styles now that it is spring? Or have you been ROCKING the same style for years? 

That's all for today. Thank you for reading!


Tuesday the 26th of April, 2016
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TENSE TUESDAY: PAST PERFECT CONTINUOUS BEFORE SOMETHING IN THE PAST

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Welcome to Tense Tuesday on The Daily Vitamin! Today we are looking at the Past Perfect Continuous as an on-going activity before something else in the past.

Remember that the Past Perfect Continuous uses this form:

HAD + BEEN + -ING

In this situation, we have two tenses in one sentence: Past Perfect Continuous and Simple Past. The Past Perfect Continuous shows something in the past that continued for some time. It continues until the Pas Simple action. 

Example 1: We had been waiting for two hours before she arrived.

Example 2: They had been dating for five years and then he finally asked her to marry him.

Example 3: He had been studying Biology for four years when he suddenly decided to become an artist.

We looked at the Past Perfect Continuous last week: click on the following link to see another way to use this tense. 

http://www.ziggurat.es/es/lecciones_ingles/index.asp?id=2786

That's all for today. Thanks for reading!


Monday the 25th of April, 2016
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MISSING MONDAY: PHRASAL VERB WITH 'OUT'

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Hello and happy Monday to you, DV readers! We are starting this week with a Missing Monday that is a phrasal verb.

Here is your sentence:

Sentence
: I need new shoes. These old shoes are (   ) out.

Do you know the missing word? Here are some hints.

Hint 1
: The verb is irregular.  

Hint 2
: It has four letters. 

Hint 3
: It means "damaged to the point of not being useable."

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Good luck, and thank you for participating!