Match the word with a definition
Unless you will be living in campus housing (dorms or university provided apartments), which is typically furnished, you will probably need to pick up a few items for your new home. There are many options available to you, although they vary greatly in terms of cost and convenience.
Chain Household Furnishing Stores, $$$, Effort: Easy
National Examples: Target, World Market, Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Ikea
Local East Bay Examples: N/A
Pros: These stores often have delivery options available. Also, they have a wide selection, so you will definitely have choices.
Cons: They are more expensive than other options.
Second-hand Stores, $, Effort: Moderate
National Examples: Goodwill, Salvation Army
Local East Bay Examples: Out of the Closet
Pros: These stores usually have affordable, sturdy furniture.
Cons: You’ll need to transport the items yourself. Also, items may look a little
Yard Sales, $, Effort: Difficult
National Examples: N/A
Local East Bay Examples: Yard sales are usually advertised on the street. Keep an eye out for signs when you are walking around your neighborhood. You’ll see the most in spring or summer.
Pros: Yard sales are usually very cheap!
Cons: They are also hit-and-miss.
Online Social Networking Sites, $$, Effort: Moderate
National Examples: Craigslist, Facebook, Twitter
Local East Bay Examples: NextDoor
Pros: Neighbors can post items they want to get rid of. You might have more wiggle-room if you want to barter.
Cons: You should be cautious about safety during pick-ups and drop-offs.
Here are the answers from last week’s post. How did you do?
Most visitors to the United States need to go through an airport. You can use our free e-book, 100 Words for Visitors to the U.S., to fill in the blanks in these sentences.
Conclude: finish, finalize, stop
It happens to the best of us. Sometimes, we talk a lot and offer a lot of examples. This is great, but we might need to remind people of our original point. How do you conclude or restate your idea in your writing or speech? The answer…. transition words!
Here are a few of the most common transition words for wrapping up or concluding your statement:
All in all, for these reasons, to sum up, in brief, in conclusion, in short, in summary, to conclude, to summarize, these examples show …, it is clear that …, you can see that...
Transition words are usually placed at the beginning of the sentence, followed by a comma. The last three phrases also start the sentence, but you don’t need to use a comma. Here are some practice questions. Share your idea first, then restate your opinion with one of the words listed above.
Cause: source, root, origin, or beginning
Effect: result, consequence, or outcome
Many writing assignments will ask you to explain the cause and effect relationships between different events. For example, you might be asked to explain the consequences of a political policy...cause and effect! Maybe your professor or boss will ask you to explain mistakes you made in a project and their impact on the final result.... cause and effect! As you can see, cause and effect reappears again and again in conversations. So, how do you show cause and effect in your writing or speech? The answer…. transition words!
Here are a few of the most common transition words for cause and effect:
For cause: Because, since, as, because of (+ noun)
For effect: Therefore, consequently, as a result, so
Transition words are usually placed at the beginning of the sentence, followed by a comma. See if you can use some of the words listed above to answer these questions.
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