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Wednesday December 19, 2018




Word of the Day

Today's Word of the Day is: “to sparkle” (v.)

Grammar Tip

Singular Nouns Treated as Plural

Business Communication Skills Tip

How to Get Through The Holidays When You’re Depressed

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Japanese Art is Coming to Life on These Moscow Apartment Blocks

Word of the Day

to sparkle (v.)

Today's Word of the Day is: “to sparkle” (v.)

Transcription: [ˈspɑː.kəl]

Translation: искриться, сверкать, блистать

Meaning: to shine brightly because of reflected light

Example: Her diamonds sparkled in the bright light.

Synonyms: glitter, twinkle, flicker

Grammar Tip

Grammar Tip

Singular Nouns Treated as Plural

Some singular nouns can be used with either a singular or plural verb. The commonest of these are the collective nouns which stand for a group or collection of people or things. These include words such as audience, committee, crew, family, government, group, team, and many others. So, both these sentences are correct:

The government is doing a good job.

The government are doing a good job.

But you shouldn't switch from singular to plural. For example:

The government is doing a good job. They are responding to the situation effectively.

The government are doing a good job. It is responding to the situation effectively.

Business Communication Skills Tip

Business Communication Skills Tip

How to Get Through The Holidays When You’re Depressed

3. MAKE NEW TRADITIONS

Just because you’ve done it before doesn’t mean you have to do it again. It’s okay to skip the gift exchange this year or make 10 different kinds of cookies, Saltz says. Scale back your long, holiday-related to-do list. You may even find new traditions. Instead of cooking and hosting a meal for your entire family or friend group, have everyone bring their favorite dish, for example. If other people around you are feeling sad, too, they may welcome the change of pace.

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Japanese Art is Coming to Life on These Moscow Apartment Blocks

One of Japan’s most famous artworks has been recreated using six Moscow apartment buildings.

Katsushika Hokusai’s iconic The Great Wave off Kanagawa appears on the facade of the 31-storey tower blocks at the Etalon City apartment complex in south-west Moscow.

Reaching 87 metres high and stretching (охватывать) across almost 60,000 square metres, the wave faces outwards onto the nearby highway.  

Three more buildings in the complex are decorated with bright patterns embodying (воплощать) the skylines of New York, Chicago, Barcelona, and Monaco. Each lobby is also decorated in honour of different cities around the world.