The Daily minute

Wednesday October 20 , 2021
Your daily dose of English in 10 minutes.

A (usually) daily bulletin of English language usage, English grammar and communication skills tips, lifestyle news and other things of interest.



Щенячьи льготы: положен ли работникам трехнедельный оплачиваемый отпуск при появлении нового питомца?

Puppy perks: should workers get three weeks of paid leave to bond with a new pet?

A recent poll on pawternity leave suggests most people are against employers offering this as a benefit. But with worrying labour shortages, it could help retain talented staff.


Поселок художников «Сокол» зацвел осенними красками

Sokol Artists' Village in the Colors of Autumn

In 1923, after Vladimir Lenin approved legislation allowing cooperative ownership of housing, a group of Muscovites joined together to build a small village at the outskirts of Moscow.

Word of the Day

overseas (adj., adv.)

Today's word of the day is: overseas (adj., adv.)

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Transcription: [ˌəʊ.vəˈsiːz]

Russian Translation: иностранный, заморский, за границей, за рубежом

Definitions: in, from, or connected with another country or countries, especially across the sea

Example: My brother worked overseas last year. — Мой брат работал за границей в прошлом году.

Synonyms: abroad, foreign

Grammar Tip

Whoever vs. Whomever

To determine whether to use whoever or whomever, the he/him rule in the Who/Whom section applies:

  • he = whoever
  • him = whomever

The presence of whoever or whomever indicates a dependent clause. Use whoever or whomever to agree with the verb in that dependent clause, regardless of the rest of the sentence.

  • Example: Give it to whoever asks for it first. - Отдай это тому, кто первый попросит.

He asks for it first. Therefore, whoever is correct.

  • Example: We will hire whomever you recommend. - Мы наймем того, кого Вы порекомендуете.

You recommend him. Therefore, whomever is correct.

Communication Skills Tip

Informal Language for Social Media

When we write for social media, we often:

miss words out, especially grammar words such as a/the/I/my/is/am/it

  • e.g. Sitting on bed (I'm sitting on my bed)

use abbreviations or short forms

  • e.g. people = ppl, especially = esp, should = shld

use letters or numbers for words which sound the same

  • e.g. you = u, are = r, see = c, for = 4