Mayweather vs McGregor
Are you excited about the big fight this weekend? They're calling it the biggest fight in combat sports history. On August 26th, the biggest star in MMA, Conor McGregor, is going to fight the biggest star in boxing, Floyd "Money" Mayweather, in a boxing match. You have probably heard of it. Who do you think is going to win?
Let's break down the language:
"The big fight" - People in general. Use this phrase to express that something is VERY important.
Ex. Are you ready for the big show/ the big game, the big wedding, etc.
On August 26th:
"On" is used to talk about DAYS (26th)
26th - don't forget to pronounce the -th/-st/-rd on the end of the number when you're talking about a date.
"They're calling it..." - Who is 'they'?... It doesn't matter... unless someone asks. People usually use something like this to support their opinion when they don't have specific references. You can use it to be vague and general and help a normal conversation flow. (The plural 3rd person)
Ex. They say eating a big breakfast is good for you.
"Combat sports history" - The recorded history of the sport
Combat : physical fighting; also used in military situations
"The biggest star in MMA, Conor McGregor, is going to" + verb
Grammar: Use a comma when you want to insert extra information to help the listener follow your story.
probably - Flexible in where it goes in the sentence.
"You probably have heard of it." - you want to stress the word "probably" a bit for some reason
"You have probably heard of it."
"You've probably heard of it."
Who do you think...?
Ask open-ended question to have an engaging conversation. They can't really answer with just a simple "yes" or "no".
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