More Timely Prepositions

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Prepositions of time are very simple to remember! We use:

  • at for a PRECISE TIME
  • in for MONTHS, YEARS, CENTURIES and LONG PERIOD

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Here are some examples: I wake up early in the morning I am going to have a great lunch in the afternoon Jack likes to have a nap in the evening Shall we go to the bar at night?

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Comedy in English – US Style

This will help English learners to understand American stand-up comedy.
Please remember to click on “captions” as the video has English subtitles.

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Bill Burr- Stand-up Comedy

Bill Burr is an American stand-up comedian from Massachusetts.

Watch his stand up set above, which has been subtitled in English for English learners. It also has some explanations of terms or phrases that may be new.

Feel free to use this dictionary for any other unknown words you hear. Enjoy!

If the video does not load above, click here to play in on youtube.

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Hang in There, Hagar!

Hägar Language School

When you’re in a difficult situation and you’re losing hope, a friend might say to you, “Hang in there – I’m sure it will get better soon.”

So, “hang in there” means “don’t give up when you’re in a difficult situation.”

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Freshly Cut Adjectives

Not the Adam Devlin blog

Blog No 25 – Responsibly Sourced Adjectives

My local supermarket sells everything these days; eggs, TVs, socks, ‘freshly cut sandwiches’, car insurance, spatulas, holidays, ‘freshly cut sandwiches’ … you name it, it even has a brand new all-singing, all-dancing ‘information hub’ so I visited it recently to get some clarification on their ‘freshly cut sandwiches’, this is what happened (verbatim).

“Can I help sir?”
“Yes, these ‘freshly cut sandwiches’ of yours, can you tell me exactly when they were cut?”.
“Well sir, we prepare all our sandwiches at first light using only our own finest range of cold meats, fresh salads …”
“Yeah, I’m not really interested in what’s in them, I just want to know when the two pieces of bread with whichever filling, were actually, physically sliced diagonally into two halves?”.
“Is that important sir?”
“Yes I think it is, you have a twelve foot neon sign next…

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Phrasal what?

The term phrasal verb is commonly applied to two or three distinct but related constructions in English: a verb and a particle and/or a preposition co-occur forming a single semantic unit. This semantic unit cannot be understood based upon the meanings of the individual parts in isolation, but rather it must be taken as a whole. In other words, the meaning is non-compositional and thus unpredictable. Phrasal verbs that include a preposition are known as prepositional verbs and phrasal verbs that include a particle are also known as particle verbs. Additional alternative terms for phrasal verb are compound verb, verb-adverb combination, verb-particle construction, two-part word/verb, and three-part word/verb (depending on the number of particles), and multi-word verb.
Source: Wikipedia

Paul Simon Thomas

I’m not a huge fan of using the somewhat vulgar and attention seeking using of ‘WTF’ but this is good video with clear and concise explanations of practical commonly spoken phrasal verbs used by English speakers such as myself. Enjoy.

…and as ever the British Council website also makes for some impressive reading.

Some verbs are two part verbs (see Clauses, Sentences and Phrases). They consist of a verb and a particle:

  • grow + up
    >> The children are growing up.

Often this gives the verb a new meaning:

  • take + after
    >> She takes after her mother
    = She looks like her mother, or She behaves like her mother.
  • count + on
    >> I know I can count on you
    = I know I can trust you, or I know I can believe you.

Some transitive two part verbs (see Clauses, Sentences and Phrases) have only one pattern:

N (subject)…

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