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green jokes

What’s a green joke ?

Is it one that is so old and going mouldy? NO

Is it one about environment? NO

It’s what we call in English a blue  or dirty joke .

In Spanish, a viejo verde is an old dirty man .

Astrologically speaking, green men  (usually little green men) come from planet Mars or somewhere else in space.

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go away and go out

To go out

You use this for a short time and distance. For example, to the shops, to the cinema, for a meal.

To go away

You use this for a longer time and distance. For example, for the weekend, on holiday, to university. If you go away, you take your toiletries with you like toothbrush, etc.

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Don’t forget!

I forgot my books at home. 

No, you didn’t. You forgot to bring them to your English lesson. You left them at home.

I left my books at home. NOT I forgot my books at home.

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EXPLÍCAME

Explain me. – No, I can’t. I can’t explain you. But I can explain why I was late for the class.  In this example, me here functions as DIRECT OBJECT. Direct object is the thing you need to explain.

In the example above, the speaker meant me as the INDIRECT OBJECT, hence, it should have been “to me” NOT me. Explain to me. 

Concrete example:

Explícame la persona. Explain the person to me/ Explain (the person) to me.

Person is the DIRECT ...

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coffee

Usually, coffee is a long drink but espresso coffee is becoming more popular in Britain. Coffee made with only milk or with some milk in it is WHITE COFFEE. Coffee with no milk in it is BLACK COFFEE (Cafe solo)

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watch and clock

A clock is anything else that tells the time. A watch is something that you carry on you, usually on your wrist. It is not a question of size; there are big clocks on churches and other buildings and you can have a small clock sitting on a table. Computers, DVD players, microwave ovens and so on have clocks.

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one million euros fantasy

An English billion is 1,000,000,000 which we say as ten to the ninth. 

A Spanish billón is a million million (1,000,000,000,000).

Sometimes, Spanish newspapers write un billón de dólares because they have seen it in English as a billion dollars.

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