Your Daily Dose of English – April 11, 2018

To work or do other things from early in the morning until late at night and so get very little rest.

Evitando as brasileiradas:

Atender um telefonema: Answering the phone …

NUNCA DIGA: “ATTENDING THE PHONE!” 

A Little Boy Teaches a Waitress a Lesson 

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Source: Livin3 

A Dish of Ice Cream

In the days when an ice cream sundae cost much less, a 10-year-old boy walked into a hotel coffee shop and sat at a table. A waitress put a glass of water in front of him.

“How much is an ice cream sundae?”

“50 cents,” replied the waitress.

The little boy pulled his hand out of his pocket and studied a number of coins in it.

“How much is a dish of plain ice cream?” he inquired. Some people were now waiting for a table and the waitress was a bit impatient.

“35 cents,” she said brusquely.

The little boy again counted the coins. “I’ll have the plain ice cream,” he said.

The waitress brought the ice cream, put the bill on the table and walked away. The boy finished the ice cream, paid the cashier and departed.

When the waitress came back, she began wiping down the table and then swallowed hard at what she saw.

There, placed neatly beside the empty dish, were 15 cents – her tip.

Dose of the Day

Hoje temos mais uma dica para ajudar aqueles que têm problemas com preposições (para diferenças entre to e for, leia o post sobre isso aqui).

As preposições são normalmente seguidas por um substantivo ou um gerúndio.

Lembra-se, o gerúndio em inglês é quando o verbo toma o lugar de um substantivo (I like swimming – eu gosto de natação).

Vejamos alguns exemplos:

Of: I’m thinking of buying a car

About: He is talking about moving to Canada

For: Thank you for bringing me this great cake

Into: He is really not into playing cards

After: After washing his car, he went home

Before: Before going to bed, brush your teeth

É claro que isso não inclui os phrasal verbs, que são verbos compostos por um verbo e uma preposição. Nestes casos, cada um tem sua própria regência. Por exemplo, to put off (adiar) é sempre seguido por um gerúndio: You can’t put off going to the doctorto go out (sair) é seguido por um infinitivo: We went out to see a movie.

Importante: isso não se aplica ao to, que normalmente faz parte do infinitivo do verbo:

I like to brush my teeth before going to bed.

Outra observação importante: Nunca se usa um gerúndio após um sujeito (nome ou pronome). Vamos usar a mesma frase acima como exemplo:

I like to brush my teeth before I go to bed.

Vejamos outro exemplo, desta vez com for:

This money is for buying a car; ou: This money is for you to buy a car.

 

Now do these exercises:

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