Holidays & Vacations in American English

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Hi Everyone! Today I’d like to look at some vocabulary and expressions related to taking time off from work or school. Special days in your country which have historical or religious roots are called holidays. In the USA, we have holidays like New Year’s Day, President’s day, Independence Day, etc. In most countries, some of these holidays are days of the year that the government has decided public offices and businesses should be closed. These are called national holidays. In the USA, for most people the work week is Monday to Friday. Wednesday, which falls in the middle of the week, is often called hump day. People who have such a work week have off on the weekend, or we can say they have the weekend off. Thus for most of these people, Saturday and Sunday are their days off. Some people have different days off. Let’s look at some of this vocabulary in some example sentences: Christmas is my favorite holiday. The office is closed on Monday because it is a national holiday. My work week is Monday to Friday. Happy hump day everyone! (note that this word is used in informal conversation only) I love having the weekend …

Idiom Lesson “Three sheets to the wind” From Happy English New York!

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After a few cocktails, or beers, you may be three sheets to the wind. Have you heard this idiom? Three sheets to the wind means drunk. This idiom comes from the olden days of sailing. The word “sheet” on a sailboat refers to the ropes that are used to hold and adjust the sails. If the “sheets” on the boat are loose and flapping in the wind, then the sails will flap about, much like a drunken sailor. Thus, the expression three sheets to the wind came to mean being drunk. The structure is very clear. Use the expression “three sheets to the wind” the same way you use the word drunk: – After two bottles of wine last night, Lori was three sheets to the wind. (Lori was drunk) – You look like you are three sheets to the wind. You’d better not drive. (You look like you are drunk) We do not use this expression as an adjective, so you can’t say, “Look at that three sheets to the wind guy.” When was the last time you were three sheets to the wind? If you know anyone who might be interested in this English language point, why not …

One-Point English Lesson: Used To

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I used to have a 1968 Ford Mustang. It was my first car. I used to drive it everywhere. One of my friends in those days had a 1970 Mustang, and we used to try and race each other.  Now, I drive a Jeep. It’s my first car with a stick shift. I am slowly getting used to driving it now, but when I first got it,  it was hard to get used to driving a shift car. I guess as time goes by I’ll be used to it, but no car will ever be as fun to drive as my ’68 Mustang. In English, used tohas two meanings and uses, and that is the pont for today’s One-Point English Class. Let’s have a look: I used to drive it everywhere. I used to eat cereal for breakfast everyday. I used to live in Japan. In these cases, used to refers to a past habit. When I was younger, I ate cereal for breakfast all the time. I dont eat cereal for breakfast anymore, it is not my habit anymore. So, I would say, “I used to eat cereal for breakfast.” In the above examples, used to describes a past habit. The grammar is used + [V Infinitive]: …