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Plans / A Plan

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“Do you have any plans for the weekend?” is a very common North American phrase that you’re very likely to hear on Friday. “Plan” is always used in the plural (“plans”), and this expression means “What are you going to do this weekend?”
“Do you have a plan?” is used for when you have a specific goal in mind, and never to just ask about what someone is going to do during a certain time.
A: I am going to start a business.
B: What is your plan?
A: I will open a restaurant that sells the world’s best hamburgers.

Wrong: Do you have a plan for tonight?
Right: Do you have any plans for tonight.
Wrong: Do you have any plan for the weekend?
Right: Do you have any plans for the weekend?
…are you planning.. ...
“What are you planning to do this weekend?” has the same meaning as “Do you have any plans for the weekend?” 

"Do you have any plans for the weekend? Do you want to see a movie with me?" 

English expression - "Just in case"

Just in case

Recently was I asked about the English expression "just in case" and I thought it would make a good blog post.

Please look at the following example: 
"I don't think it will rain today, but I will take my umbrella with me to the store, just in case."

Just in case means "IF something happens" then you want to be prepared. Even if the chances are small, you still want to be prepared. Let's look at the example sentence again.
"I don't think it will rain today" = the chances are small that it will rain today.
"but I will take my umbrella with me to the store" = I will be prepared.
just in case." = IF something happens. In this example - IF it rains.

So the meaning of our example sentence is "The chances are small that it will rain today, but if it does rain it will be no problem because I will have an umbrella." Have you got it? Here are some more examples:

●"I am having a party tonight. I expect 10 people to come but I have bought extra wine  just in case more people arrive." = I think I will have 10 people at my party but IF more people come I will have enough wine for everyone because I bought extra.

●"I have an important meeting at 7:00pm. I really don't want to be late so I will leave very early,  just in case."  We can end the sentence with just in case because we can easily imagine why it is better to leave early if you don't want to be late. Traffic jams, train delays, bad weather etc. can cause problems, but if we leave early we have extra time, we are prepared, and we won't be late.

I should have brought an umbrella!

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This is a $60 shirt / This shirt is $60

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This is a $60 shirt / This shirt is $60
Do you know how to read these sentences?

This is a $60 shirt. = This is a sixty dollar shirt.
Easy right? Lets try the second sentence.
This shirt is $60. = This shirt is sixty dollars.
Did you get it right? In the first sentence we say "sixty dollar", In the second we say "sixty dollars." I'll explain why:

In the first sentence the subject (the main noun) is "shirt," and $60 is an adjective. (Adjectives describe nouns) If an amount of something, money, years, etc. is used as an adjective, it doesn't get an S.
"He is a 12 year old boy." (the main subject is boy)
"I have a 5 year contract with my company." (the main subject is contract)
"I eat usually lunch at my office because I only have a 45 minute lunch break." (the main subject is lunch break)

Dollars, years, hours, minutes are all countable nouns, that means if there is more than 1 dollar or more than 1 year we need to add an S on the end. (I have 5 dollars. He has lived in Toronto for 2 years.) Remember that in the first example sentence $60 is not a noun, it is an adjective, the main subject is the noun shirt. If you look at our second example sentence the main noun is the price of the shirt, $60 so we say sixty dollars.
"That boy is 12 years old."
"My contract is 5 years."
"I usually eat lunch at my office because my lunch break is only 45 minutes."

Please be careful, this is a $300,000 car!!!

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