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ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
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Title: ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
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Language: English
Creator: English Language Institute, University of Florida
Publisher: English Language Institute
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: February 11, 2011
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Highlights V alentine Masquerade Notes from the Office Birthdays Manners T h e ELI Weekly Celebrate! Valentine's Day is a holiday celebrated on February 14 by many people throughout the world. In the West, it is the traditional day on which friends and lovers express their affection for each other by sending flowers. The ELI will be Day Party to celebrate this holiday. It will be a masquerade, so wear a mask and something red. We will have live music photo booth free to your email or $1 for photo trivia game with prizes billiards tournament prizes!! When: Fr iday, February 12 th from 8:00pm to 11:00pm Where: The Polos clubhouse What to bring: Please bring some share. Join us! Notes from the Office Spring Break and I 20s Spring break is only three weeks away! If you plan to leave the US at all during the break even on a cruise or a day trip to Canada or Mexico please remember to come to the office to have your I trouble getting back into the country! Student Mailbo x to check the student mailbox in the main office from time to time. There is mail for some returning students already. The Next Trip Next weekend, we will be headed for Paynes Prairie right here in Gainesville. Details will be on the Acti Weekly Birthdays The following are ELI Birthdays for the week of February 11 17 : Students: February 12: Nicole Wright February 12: Rosamarina Salas Velasquez February 15: Pantea Nayebi February 17: Katherine Castro February 17: Bruna Santos Staff: None this week! Manners and Culture Q: Other than scrambled, how can I order my eggs in a restaurant? A: Fried, sunny side up (not turned and yolk unbroken and liquid); fried, over easy (turned and lightly cooked on the yolk side); fried, over medium; fried, over hard; hard boiled; soft boiled; poached (broken open and cooked in a little bit of water); and various types of omelets. Q: Why is public transportation poor in most American cities? A: With the exception of the very large cities in the Northeast and Upper Midwest (which for the most part have excellent transportation systems), our cities are very young. until after the invention of the The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute Volume 114, Issue 5 February 11, 2011

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automobile. And in some cities t hat had streetcars at the turn of the 19 th into the 20 th century, it was actually cheaper to build roads than to maintain the streetcars at that time. So, our cities grew up around the use of the automobile, and the vast distances were easiest to cross by superhighway once that was established. Now, we are discovering the need to change the system! Q: I'm curious about commercials, I often see one brand compared with the other rival brand and they mention the exact rival brand name and I think kind of ignore them. How it can be possible? Does anybody get upset about it? legal. The only rule within the law is claims about either your own product or the rival product. For ex ample, you can say that in a blind taste test, your product was tastier than the other product but you have to actually have the test results to back that claim up. Q: A: A lot of us do. Heck, I even bought an extra big one because last winter has been an unusually rainy one. However, there are a lot of optimists and forgetful people and weather before they leave their homes small minority of people who simply like to get wet. Q: Is the rumor true that American girls A: I d for sure from personal experience myself in either shoe. I can tell you, though, that over the 1 7 been here at the ELI, I have seen American guys dating female ELI students, I have seen American girls even seen a couple of examples of American guys dating male ELI s tudents and of American girl s and female ELI student s dating. All of this is in addition to the many ELI incorrect overgeneralization. Grammar Q: Which one is correct, ''It's me'' or ''It's I''? When I am knocking at the door, should I say ''It's me'' or ''It's I''? A: This is one of my favorites. First of all, we would never, ever make the to the heart of what we call prescriptive grammar vs. descriptive grammar and how silly the arguments can get. The correct statement, according to the strict older rules of grammar, is However, the vast majority of native speakers of English have abandoned that structure, in favor of that it is an exampl e of how language changes over time. The error eventually becomes the rule. Sure, strict older grammar person on the other side of that door. Quote of the Week Love is the greatest refreshment in life. -Pablo Picasso English Language Institute PO Box 117051 315 Norman Hall Gainesville, FL 32611 7051, USA Phone: (352) 392 2070 Fax: (352) 392 3744 Email: StudyEnglish@eli.ufl.edu Webpage: www.eli.ufl.edu