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Daily Doses of English...

Give you a daily English lesson in a short, easy to digest format. Once you get your first taste of a Daily Dose of English, I guarantee you will be addicted.

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There are 167 Daily Doses of English covering many areas of everyday English.

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-gry

Do we say "angry with" or "angry at"? This Daily Dose of English seeks to give you the answer. Angry and hungry both end in -gry, but don't be angry with me if you can't find the third word in the English language.

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This video has been watched more than 4,786 times

Say or Tell

Many students confuse the words say and tell when they are reporting what somebody said. This Daily Dose of English aims to avoid such confusion.

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This video has been watched more than 13,357 times

Salary Wages

Students often ask me, What is the difference between salary and wages?

Well, both words refer to a person’s pay or earnings. The difference between the two lies in how a person is paid.

Some people have fixed work contracts and are paid a fixed amount each year, however many hours they work. We call this kind of pay, salary. Wages are always paid to people who do casual work or are on short-term contracts.

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Make or Do

"Make" and "do" are two verbs that are often confused by students. Their meanings are similar, but there are differences. I hope that this video will help you to see how we use "do" as a main verb, rather than as an auxiliary verb, for activities that produce no physical object, for general ideas, and in many common expressions. I hope, also, that it will show you how the verb "make", which is only ever used as a main verb and never as an auxiliarly verb, is used when we create something that you can touch and with many common expressions.

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Anything or Nothing

This request is from Teacher Kelly (Kelly Reis) from Brazil. Teacher Kelly from Brazil has posted the following request for a Daily Dose of English… I'd like a video about any/some/no - thing/body/one/where... Well, Teacher Kelly from Brazil, if anybody can give you what you want, it’s me. There’s nothing better than asking a good question when you want the answer to something, is there? And as a teacher, there’s nothing more satisfying than giving everyone the right answer to something, and that means everything to me. There’s nowhere better than somewhere like a Daily Dose of English to give everyone the answers to something that nobody else anywhere is giving anybody. These words do cause something of a problem for students of English everywhere. In fact, anywhere you find anybody learning English you’ll find somebody who knows nothing about them.

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Could

Golnoosh from Malaysia has made today’s request for a Daily Dose of English. Thanks for writing in, Golnoosh, and thanks for your photograph. Here is what Golnoosh asked...

Hi, please add a dose about may/might/could (modal verbs). It’s confusing to me sometimes. Furthermore, please make a lesson about "get" and its usage as it has different meanings in English. I found it puzzling. Cheers, Golnoosh

I’ll take a look at the verb get in a future Daily Dose of English. Many students have asked about this verb. In this video, I’m going to focus on the modal verb, could.

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Made Of or Made From

Many students have problems with the use of the terms "made of" and "made from". This video gives provides a simple way to decide which to use.

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Pair

You can have pairs of anything. Pair means two. Two apples and two pears. A pair of twins. But some single things in English can also be pairs. Here is a list of all the things in English that I can think of that are pairs, despite being single items. A pair of binoculars. A pair of nail-clippers. A pair of glasses and a pair of sunglasses. Two pairs of glasses, in fact. A pair of goggles. A pair of jeans. A pair of knickers. A pair of pliers. A pair of scissors. A pair of shorts. A pair of tongs. A pair of trousers. A pair of trunks. A pair of tweezers. A pair of underpants. That’s my alphabetical list, and it’s all I could think of. Perhaps you can come up with some different ones? Anyway, you can also count pairs of things, as in two pairs of trousers and four pairs of scissors.

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Math Symbols

Today’s Daily Dose of English is a request from Albert, in Catalonia, Spain. Albert has written:

I recently saw the "Computer Symbols" video and thought it'd be really interesting [to have] a video about mathematic operations. For example, it took me some time to find out that 3 x 4 was read "three times four" (in Spanish we say "three by four"). There are plenty of them: 3+3, 3-3, 3*3, 3/3, 3^3, sqrt(3), 3! and a lot more which I don't know how to write their symbols now. Many thanks for your videos!!! :-) Albert Mata.

And many thanks to you, Albert, for making the request. It’s an excellent question and one that I’m sure many students are also unsure about.

Unfortunately, Maths was never my strong point. I’ve always been very good with English and always very bad with mathematics. However, if we avoid numbers and stick to the language, I should manage to explain this one reasonably well.

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Bone

Our bones are the things that hold us up. They are the scaffolding on which our bodies are built. Bone is also used in many English idioms.

Idioms are expressions whose meaning is not always clear from the words alone.

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