Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Show 511 Wednesday 26 September

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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.

Today’s mistake is: I have ever ...

I‘ve heard people say things like this quite often.
I have ever been to France.
Or I have ever been snowboarding.

I think it’s an understandable mistake to make because the question is: Have you ever ... ?
Like: Have you ever been to France?
So you might think the answer would be: Yes, I have ever been to France.

But, no, if it’s not a question, don’t use ever.

Have you ever been to a baseball game?
I’ve been to a baseball game.

And the negative would be: I’ve never been to a baseball game.

And while we’re on the topic – what’s the difference between have you and have you ever?

Well, let me try to explain.

If it is a have you question it could be something that you are expecting the person to do and you’re just asking if they’ve done it yet.
Like: Have you done your homework?
Or it could be something that you think there’s a high chance that they have done, like: Have you seen The Lord of the Rings?

But have you ever implies that you think that there’s a good chance they may not have done it.

So in Wolfville I wouldn’t ask anyone: Have you ever been to Halifax? – because I would assume that most people have. But I would ask that in BC. And if I was in New Zealand I would say: Have you ever been to Canada?


Kia Ora in Stick News today, according to the Canadian Cancer Society, women should no longer systematically check their breasts for lumps each month. They say there’s no evidence the method saves lives.

Today reported the Canadian Cancer Society has changed their tune about breast self-examination or BSE.
They said for years, breast cancer groups have distributed cards outlining how women should perform BSE, and urging them to do so at the same time each month.
But the new message is that they don’t need to check their breasts on schedule.
The Canadian Cancer Society said that monthly BSE gave women a false sense of security and results in unnecessary anxiety and treatment. They now say checking is best done with mammography and clinical breast examinations conducted by a trained nurse or physician.
Instead of DIY breast checks, the society says women should get to know their breasts and be alert to changes that may signal a problem.
They said that even though they would no longer be recommending breast self-examination as a monitoring method, it was still important for women to look at and feel their breasts to detect changes in them.

And that was Stick News for Wednesday the 26th of September.
Kia Ora.


Have you ever uploaded a video to the internet?

Oh, no.
Not one of myself no.
Not really. Not in my life.

conversations with sarah
#316 What did you do?

Step 1: Repeat Lucy’s lines.
Step 2: Read Lucy’s lines and talk to Sarah.

Sarah Let’s ask each other questions off this list.

OK, sounds good. Who’s going first?

Sarah OK, you go first.

Lucy You mean, I ask first?

Sarah Yes, you ask me a question.

Lucy OK, let’s see ... have you ever broken a bone?

Sarah No, I haven’t. Have you?

Lucy No.

Sarah OK, my turn. Let’s see ... have you ever received a present that you really hated?

Lucy Yes, I have.

Sarah What was it?

Lucy A dress. My aunt gave me this dress for my birthday when I was about 10.
I really hated it.

Sarah What did you do?

Lucy I just said thank you and tried to look happy, but I never wore it.


today's news
today's STICK NEWS pictures


show start
artist: AdHoc
album: Toutes directions
track: La note en cage
from: Annecy, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

asking acadia start
artist: XL Ant
album: XL Ant
track: Levitation (Club Mix)
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

cws start
artist: San Sebastian
track: Happy Sad
artist site

qa start
artist: Manu Cornet
album: Distance & Temps
track: Silk Road
from: Paris, France
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

qa bgm
artist: sion
album: Smoky Jazz Dub
track: Back for Coffee
from: Rugby, ? (doesn't say which country - could be England, Australia, South Africa or USA)
album at Jamendo
artist at Jamendo
artist site

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