6月 28

june 28 sat“In biology class the children studied cacti and fungi.”

There are a lot of nouns in English that have irregular plural forms. The plural of “child” is “children”. But sometimes they still follow patterns. For example, words that end in “us” often have a plural form that ends in “i”, such as “cactus” and “fungus” above.



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6月 25

june 25 wedIn some places, having tan skin is considered beautiful, healthy, and means a person has leisure time to go to the beach. Some people want this tan complexion even in the winter when there’s not sun. So, they go to a tanning salon, and lay in a tanning bed, which is a bed that has lights that darken the skin.


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6月 21

june 21 sat“I used to play soccer, but then I injured my leg. Now I don’t play anymore.”

“Anymore” is a word that is only used with a negative or in a question. “Do you play the piano anymore?” It’s similar to “Do you still play the piano?”

Be careful not to confuse it with “any more”. “Do you want any more mashed potatoes?”



「マッシュポテトはもっと欲しい?」に出る「any more」とは違いますので気をつけてください。

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6月 18

june 18 wedHave you ever seen a room, maybe your own, that was messy and disorganized, with items all over the place? We could describe this room as “cluttered,” and the objects that aren’t organized “clutter.” If you take unnecessary things out of this room, to give or throw away to make the room organized, then you would be “decluttering” the room.


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6月 14

june 14 sat“Then on the day before the wedding, he phoned me and said he no longer wanted to get married, because he didn’t love me anymore!”

“That’s awful!”

“No longer” is about the same as “not anymore”. It is a little more formal and less used in casual conversation. You’d probably say, “When I arrived at the restaurant I wasn’t hungry anymore,” instead of, “I was no longer hungry.” But you might see an article about how “Young people today no longer read books.”



「No longer」は「not anymore」と同じ意味です。少しフォーマルであまり日常会話には使いません。レストランに着いたときにはもうお腹が空いていなかったという場合に、雰囲気にもよりますが「not anymore」を使ったほうが自然です。でも雑誌や新聞の記事には「いまどきの子供はもう本を読まない」などで使われているのを見るでしょう。


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6月 11

june 11 wedThis saying means that you may give a person the knowledge and skills necessary to accomplish something, but that person still won’t do it. For example, you may know about diet and exercise, and help and teach someone wanting to lose weight, but that person still won’t take the steps necessary to lose weight.



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6月 07

june 7 sat“Have you finished yet?”

“No, I’m still working on it.”

“Still” is the word we use instead of “yet” when there is no “no” and the sentence is not a question. If something is still going on, it hasn’t finished yet.




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6月 04

june 4 wedHave you ever been really frustrated because something didn’t go the way it was planned, or because someone did something that made you angry? Sometimes people will say, “I want to bang my head against a wall.” This is another, more interesting way to say, “I’m really frustrated right now.” However, people usually say this about their own frustration, not someone else’s.


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