In our podcast for 23 October 2014, listen to a short dialogue about an idea for a birthday gift.
"I've got a new car." When you talk about possession, you can use have got or have. There is no difference in meaning. Practise using both expressions in our Basics section.
Chemicals found in PVC flooring, plastic shower curtains, processed food and other trappings of modern life may be sapping women’s interest in sex. A study has linked low libido with the additives used to soften plastics which are found in every home. Women with the highest levels of phthalates in their bodies were more than twice as likely to say ‘not tonight dear’ as those with the lowest amounts. Read more >>
The cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail shows a couple in bed. The wife has declined to have sex with her husband on the grounds that she has a headache (a classic excuse). Her husband thinks "it might have something to do with the PVC flooring". The joke is, of course, that the man is such a slob (= someone who is lazy or untidy) that no-one in their right mind would want to have sex with him!
1. To reckon is to believe that something is true. • I reckon there's something wrong with him.
2. In English you can use 'have got + ache' (when it forms part of a compound noun) with only 5 parts of the body: headache, earache, stomach ache, toothache and backache. All of these aches except headache are usually uncountable in British English so you don't use a or an with them. In American English, all these aches are countable so you use a or an with them.
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A South African judge has sentenced Oscar Pistorius to five years in prison plus other punishment for the shooting death of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.
JUDGE THOKOZILE MASIPA ON NBC: "Culpable Homicide, the sentence imposed is a maximum imprisonment of five years."
Additionally, Judge Thokozile Masipa gave Pistorius a three-year sentence for a firearms charge, but that prison time was suspended. It isn't clear if his defense attorney was simply posturing, but Pistorius' lead attorney told reporters he expected the former Olympian to be released to house arrest when he's eligible in 10 months. Full transcript >>
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Whistleblowers in the Prison Service are being threatened with dismissal for raising serious concerns about their ability to keep inmates safe and their fears over soaring levels of violence. The attempts to silence staff have been condemned by a Conservative MP, who was approached in confidence by a number of officers working at a prison in his constituency during the summer with details of how staffing shortages were causing concerns over safety. Read more >>
A whistleblower is someone who reports dishonest or illegal activities within an organization to someone in authority. • A union whistleblower says he warned senior management about corruption and organised crime in the construction union.