Your Daily Dose of English – April 25, 2018

April 25, 2018
Category: Dose of the Day

Idiom of the Day

To Get the Ball Rolling

Set an activity in motion; make a start.

(Dar o ponta-pé inicial.)

Evitando as brasileiradas:

Eu prefiro ir de metrô: “I prefer going by subway”

NUNCA DIGA: “I PREFER GO BY SUBWAY”

The Obstacle in Our Path

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Source: Livin3 

There once was a very wealthyAdjetivo:Abastado, rico Comparativo: Wealthier (mais rico) Superlativo: Wealthiest (o mais rico)... and curious king. This king had a hugeenorme boulderRocha, pedra placed in the middle of a road. Then he hidEscondeu, esconderam nearbyPor perto, nas redondezas to see if anyone would try to remove the gigantic rock from the road.

The first people to pass by were some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and nobles. Rather thanao invés de moving it, they simply walked around it. A few loudlyAdvérbio: Com volume alto blamed the King for not maintaining the roads. Not one of them tried to moveVerbo Regular Mover - You need to move this (Você precisa mover isso) Mudar - He moved to a new house (Mudou-se para uma casa nova) Verb: Emocionar - His story moved me (Sua história me emocionou) Adjetivo It was a very moving story (Era uma história muito emocionante)  ... the boulderRocha, pedra.

Finally, a poor farmerFazendeiro came alongApareceu, surgiu. His arms were full of vegetablesVerduras. When he got near the boulderRocha, pedra, rather thanao invés de simply walking around it as the others had, the farmerFazendeiro put down his loadCarga and tried to moveVerbo Regular Mover - You need to move this (Você precisa mover isso) Mudar - He moved to a new house (Mudou-se para uma casa nova) Verb: Emocionar - His story moved me (Sua história me emocionou) Adjetivo It was a very moving story (Era uma história muito emocionante)  ... the stone to the sideLado (s), lateral (ais) of the road. It took a lot of effortEsforço but he finally succeeded.

The farmerFazendeiro gatheredacumulou, ajuntou up his loadCarga and was ready to go on his wayA caminho when he sawPast tense of the verb see Noun: Serrote (s) a purseBolsa, Carteira in the road where the boulderRocha, pedra had been. He opened the purseBolsa, Carteira. The purseBolsa, Carteira was stuffedRecheado, abarrotado full of gold coins and a note from the king. The king’s note said the purse’s gold was a rewardSubstantivo: Recompensa Verbo Regular: Recompensado Adjetivo: Rewarding (recompensador)  ... for moving the boulderRocha, pedra from the road.

The king showed the poor farmerFazendeiro what many of us never understand: every obstacle presents an opportunity to improveVerbo Regular: Melhorar our condition.

Dose of the Day

A nossa dica de hoje é a diferença de use, be used to/get used to e used to

Use é um verbo regular que equivale ao nosso verbo usar em português.

Exemplo: Eu uso um computador: I use a computer. Veja o passado: Eu usei um computador: I used a computer.

To be used to é estar acostumado com alguma coisa. To get used to é se acostumar com alguma coisa.

Exemplo: Eu estou acostumado a usar um computador: I’m used to using a computer. Me acostumei a usar um computador: I got used to using a computer.

Used to é o pretérito imperfeito. É um dos poucos tempos verbais que corresponde exatamente ao mesmo tempo verbal em português. Para quem não se lembra do pretérito imperfeito, é uma ação que você fazia (that you used to do) mas não faz mais.

Exemplo: Eu usava um computador: I used to use a computer. 

Uma diferença bem grande entre essas expressões está na pronúncia. Enquanto o verbo use se pronuncia com “z”, nos outros dois casos, a pronúncia é de “s”. Ouça:

I used a computer.

 

I used to use a computer.

Now do these exercises:

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