The Daily minute

Monday September 13, 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.



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The six-year-old kelpie from western Victoria ran an astonishing distance to be crowned the best sheepdog in Australia and New Zealand.


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Russia's Remote Regions Cast Early Votes in Parliamentary Election

Russia is gearing up for elections to the State Duma and regional and local legislatures on Sept. 19. Because voters in remote parts of the country are unable to make it to a polling center on election day, the government launched early voting on Aug. 29 to bring the ballot directly to them.

Word of the Day

bottom line (n.)

Today's word of the day is: "bottom line" (n.)

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Transcription: [ˌbɒt.əm ˈlaɪn]

Russian Translation: итог, заключение, результат

Definition: 1. The most important fact in a situation;

2. The most important consideration of a situation, activity, or discussion

Example: This tax should be abolished. – Our bottom line is clear: the strengths of the book outweigh the weaknesses. — Мы сделали четкий вывод, что достоинства этой книги перевешивают ее недостатки. 

Synonyms: result, conclusion, sum total

Grammar Tip

For vs. Since

Knowing when to use FOR, and when to use SINCE is important. Therefore it is useful to look at a summary of the contrast between FOR and SINCE.

FOR to mention a specific period (or duration) of time.

Examples: 1. I have been a doctor for fifteen years. (duration = 15 years)

2. She has been a mother for six months.

3. My sister has lived in Moscow for eight months.


SINCE to mention the starting point of a period of time (continues to now).

Examples: 1. I have been a doctor since 1992. (starting point = 1992)

2. She has been pregnant since her first child was born.

3. My sister has lived in Moscow since the beginning of March.

Communication Skills Tip

Managing a discussion

In a discussion and negotiation, you are likely to use a lot of phrases to agree or disagree with your partners' statements. Here is how to express:

Full agreement

  • That makes sense. — Звучит разумно.
  • Yes, I would agree with that. — Да, согласен с этим.

Half Agreement

  • I see what you're saying, but... — Я понимаю о чем вы, но...
  • I agree with you up to a point, but... — Я согласен до некоторой степени, но...

Polite Disagreement

  • Well, of course, it all depends. — Ну, вообще-то, как сказать.
  • I've got mixed feelings about that. — У меня нет однозначного мнения на этот счет.

Simple Disagreement

  • I disagree with you about... — Я не соглашусь с вами по поводу...
  • That's not how I see it. — Мне это видится по-другому.