Micro-listening #24

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Micro-listenings are quick dictations and drills to help you develop your listening skills.

Listen as many times as you need to, and try to fill in as many gaps as you can.


This clip is from the fascinating Hidden Brain podcast. This episode is all about laughter.

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English (RP)

, , .
It and , actually, in our to day have a control over the do and the make.
It really is and , we actually, in our day to day humans have a of control over the that we do and the that we make.

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...on a day to day basis..

This is a useful phrase to use when describing things that you do every day, or very regularly. e.g. Dealing with difficult customers is something I have to do on a day to day basis.

..and we, we actually...

There are two examples of redundancy here. As well as the repetition of 'we', the speaker starts to form a new sentence (we actually) but then abandons it to communicate it in a different way and with additional background information (in our normal day to day behaviour). This is also called 'a false start'.


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