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Thursday, January 2, 2014

To Ring in the New Year

To Ring in the New Year:  to celebrate the beginning of the new year at midnight on December 31. 
Example 1
Nina: I am so excited for tonight! I’ve always wanted to ring in the new year from Times Square in New York City!
Vince: I know, but it’s going to be cold. Do you have a warm coat?
Nina: Yes, I am completely prepared. I have a warm coat and gloves, plus thick boots.
Vince: Well, there will be a lot of other people ringing in the new year with us, so be prepared to stand up for a long time!

Example 2
Bob: We are planning a big party to ring in the new year. Would you like to come?

Ken: Sure! When is it?

Bob: Well, we are ringing in the new year, so of course it’s on New Year’s eve.

Ken: Oh, sorry. I have to work that night.

Bob:  Really? That’s too bad! Why don’t you come over after work?

Ken: OK. I finish work at about 10:30 PM. Can I come over after that?

Bob: That’s perfect! You can ring in the new year with us at midnight!


Explanation: To ring in the new year means to celebrate the new year at midnight on December 31st. In both example dialogues above, people are planning different ways to ring in the new year. In the first, they are going to Times Square in New York, a famous place where crowds gather at midnight on December 31st to ring in the new year. In the second dialogue, Bob is inviting his friend to a New Year’s party. For more information, please visit www.languagesystems.org.



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