5月 31

may31 sat“Have you finished your homework?”

“Not yet!”

“Are we there yet?”

“Just a little farther!”

We usually see “yet” in a question or with “not” (or “no”: “There are no flowers blooming yet.” “Nobody has answered my invitation yet.”) like in these examples. You might sometimes see “yet” used to mean “but”: “I have just met you, and yet somehow I already trust you.”






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5月 28

may28 wedIn the U.S., students who go shopping for school supplies have to decide between wide-ruled and college-ruled notebook paper. Wide-ruled paper has 8.7 mm spaces between the notebook lines. College-rule paper has spaces of 7.1 mm between lines, allowing for more lines on the paper. Even though it’s called college-rule paper, people other than college students use it.


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5月 24

may24 sat“Do you want to see that new action movie tomorrow?”

“No, I’ve already seen it. Let’s see something else.”

“Already” means something happened in the past. We often use it to say that something is not necessary (“I’ve seen that movie already”), too late (“When we arrived, he was already dead”) or surprisingly fast (“You finished your homework already?!”).




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5月 21

may21 wedA task is a small job or chore, such as taking out the trash, or writing an email to your boss. The word multitask, however, is a verb—it means being able to do several tasks at the same time. For example, if you listen to a recording of a meeting and write an email at the same time, you are multitasking.


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5月 17

may17 sat“Don’t mail that letter. I just realized I forgot to put in the check!”

“Oh no, I’ve just sent it!”

We use “have just (done something)” when the action ended a very short time ago. Often it is only a few seconds.

It is also useful for setting up a scene in a story set in the past. “Roger had just opened the door when he noticed an unfamiliar pair of shoes in the entrance.”




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5月 14

may14 wedIt’s called cornhole, bean bag toss, or just bags. Once the weather warms up, this game is popular to play in backyards, parks, or outside baseball parks and football stadiums. Players take turns tossing bean bags (originally filled with dried corn) and try to get it to land in the hole of platform, or at least on the platform, for points.


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5月 10

may10 sat“Oh, hi, Ellen. I was just about to call you.”

“Oh no! That man is about to jump off the bridge!”

“About to” shows that something is going to happen in the very near future, often within a few seconds. In the first example, the speaker would have called Ellen on the phone, but Ellen called (or came to visit) at just that moment. In the second example, the man needs to be rescued very quickly because he is going to jump at any second.



「About to」はもうすぐ、数秒後にでも、何かが起こることを示します。一つ目の例では、話し手がエレンに電話をかけようとしていたその時に、エレンの方から電話がかかってきた(もしくはエレン本人がたずねてきた)のです。二つ目の例では、その男性がいつ飛んでしまってもおかしくないのですぐ助けないといけません。

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5月 07

may7 wedHave you ever met someone or done something that required you to be constantly alert? Maybe you watched a 2-year-old, or you have a job where things change frequently. You could say,
“Watching a 2-year-old keeps me on my toes.” Or, you could say, “I have to stay on my toes if I don’t want to get fired from my job.”


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