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Today’s Bite is related to common words among native speakers. But there’s something really interesting about these words: I’m pretty sure you all have already heard of them, but with a different meaning. That’s right! I’m gonna bring the other meaning, the meaning that is most commonly used here in the US. For today, I’ll just bring two of them and if you guys like this content, lemme know so I can bring more of it, ok?
The first word I’d like to bring is ROOM – yeah, ROOM (R-O-O-M). ROOM. I guess you already know the first meaning, which is:
- An area separated by walls or partitions from other similar parts of the structure or building in which it is located. For example:
- How many rooms are there in your house?
- We’ll need two rooms to interview everyone.
- She usually cleans three rooms per hour.
A room is also used to refer to a bedroom in a hotel or even your own bedroom at home:
- My mom told me to tidy my room.
- I’m staying in room #12
- We’d like to stay in a double room, please.
- Go to your room now, and think of what you’ve done!
Ok, now let’s talk about the other meaning. The one that’s very very common in a daily basis here: a room is also a space that is or that may be occupied. Yep, that’s it. A room can also mean: SPACE. Let’s see some examples to make it clear:
- Is there room for one more person in your car?
- I never have enough room for my legs in the airplane.
- The party was great but there was no room to dance.
Oh, and by the way, if you need to create space by moving other things, the verb you should use is: TO MAKE ROOM, ok? Like…
- They need to make room in here for the laptop.
- Could you please make room for my things on the desk?
So, memorize and have in mind this second meaning because it’s very used in English and let’s check out our next word: PARTY. Yep, this one I’m sure everyone knows right? PARTY (P-A-R-T-Y). PARTY.
First meaning is pretty simple and easy: a party is basically a social event at which a group of people meet, dance, talk, drink, eat in order to celebrate something.
We might have a huge variation of parties like a birthday party, a dinner party, a surprise party, a farewell party, an anniversary party, engagement party… what else? Hum… a cocktail party, a singing party, a bowling party, why not? For example:
- I never go to his parties because they’re usually very messy and noisy.
- We’re planning our wedding party for 2019. Are you coming?
- Dave’s farewell party is going to be tomorrow night at the club.
- My husband planned a surprise party for my birthday. It was unforgettable.
Oh, and you can also use the word PARTY as a verb, alright?
- He spent the weekend partying with his friends.
- I can’t remember the last time I partied so much!
So the past of the verb to party is partied
And we can also have an example from a song:
- I wanna rock and roll all night, and party every day!
Ok. That was easy, right? Now let’s check another one. PARTY may also mean A POLITICAL GROUP. Yep, a group of people with particular political beliefs that competes in the elections, to try to win in local or national governments.
Here in the US we have the Democratic Party, The Republican Party and also the Green Party. In Brazil we have PT, PSDB, PMDB, PTB and hundreds more…
- The government has tried to silence its opposition by outlawing certain political parties.
- The group is not affiliated to any political party.
- Have you ever belonged to any political party?
Alright. Now let’s go straight to our last meaning. Yep, we’re still talking about the word PARTY and I’d say this last meaning is the most common one in the daily routine. It’s so common that I heard it yesterday when I went to a restaurant to have some breakfast. Ok, PARTY may also mean A GROUP OF PEOPLE who are involved in any activity together: to have lunch, dinner, breakfast, to visit a city, go to tourist attractions and so on.
It’s much more common to ask: “HOW MANY ARE IN YOUR PARTY?” instead of “HOW MANY ARE IN YOUR GROUP?” There’s even a TV Show called “PARTY OF 5” I don’t know if you have already watched it.
But anyway, let’s see some examples:
- Most museums give a discount to school parties.
- What sort of restaurant refuses a large party whom is willing to secure the reservation with a credit card?
- We were in a party of fifteen at the restaurant.
Wow so many words and meanings, right? How many of them were new to you? Lemme know! Again, take note of them and try to memorize cause they’re really common and used among native speakers so there’s a great chance you hear them next time you practice your English.
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