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Hi, everybody! Welcome back to Top Words. My name is Alisha and today we’re going to talk about 10 words for using computers and email.
1. to save
The first word is “to save”, to save a file, to save a document. To save means to keep something like you save the file, you keep it on your computer to use or open later or to send later so to save the file is to keep it, you hold it on your computer.
In a sentence - Did you save the file?
2. to undo
The next word is “to undo”. This is a verb so here we have un...do so un- means to remove or to take away or to not so it’s a negative prefix. Do is to do something like to take action. So to undo can be used in many different programs so it means to remove the last thing you did, to take back, to go a step back in your activities in your document. So you can undo changes, you can undo, I don’t know, something in Photoshop. Also, you can undo, for example, jewelry, to undo a clasp. Clasp is the little piece that holds jewelry together. So to undo it is to remove it, to take it off. You can use undo for computers also.
In a sentence - I have to undo these changes.
3. to edit
The next word is “to edit.” To edit means to fix or to change, to revise something, to make something different than it was before. So to edit something means to make changes to something so there’s usually an edit menu in Microsoft Word or iTunes or something like that. Many menus have an edit subsection so you can edit. Within the edit section, there are many different things that you can change or settings that you can change for example. You can also use edit outside of computers, for example, to edit a document or to maybe edit information in your phone, I don’t know, but yeah, you can use edit to mean change something or to update or revise.
In a sentence - He edited the file last night.
4. to rename a file
The next expression is “to rename a file”, to rename. So here, we have re...name as our primary verb. The main verb is re...name. Name means to call something, to name a file, to give a name to something. Re- means “again” so to rename a file means to give a file a different name, a new name.
So in a sentence - I renamed all the files in the folder.
5. to restart a computer
The next expression is “to restart a computer”. So you turn off a computer one time and it automatically turns back on. So that’s called restarting, to restart a computer. Again, we see this re- prefix. Re- “again” and start, restart a computer.
In a sentence - I need to restart my computer.
6. to attach a file
Okay. The next expression, very useful for email is “to attach a file.” To attach a file means to an email really or to a message, so usually, there’s like a paperclip icon or you can just attach, I don’t know, you connect a file to a message, we say that’s attaching. Making an attachment is the noun form in attachment.
In a sentence - The file is attached to this email.
7. to send a file
The next word is “to send a file”, to send a file or to send an email as well so to send something as you would use the same verb for mail like to send a package or to send a letter, we use to send a file too.
So in a sentence - I sent you a file with all the information yesterday.
8. to receive
The next word is “to receive”. To receive means to get so someone sends a file, you receive the file, you get the information someone has sent you, that’s to receive.
In a sentence - Did you receive my email about the project?
9. to shut down a computer
The next expression is “to shut down a computer”. Usually, computer say shut down means turn off, to turn off or to cut power so to stop using the computer, the computer is off, we say shut down a computer.
In a sentence - I shut down my computer every day.
10. to unplug
Finally, some words that some students have trouble with, it’s kind of strange, “to unplug”. So here we have, again as we talked about with undo, meaning remove or not and plug so to remove plug means to take the plug, I don’t have one... that’s okay. So headphones, these are huge, so headphones when they’re plugged in, we say to plug in. We can use this for any kind of power-using device, anything. When you’re finished with it; however, we just say to unplug that thing, but we don’t say it plug, we don’t say to plug, I need to plug my blah, blah, blah. That plug, we use for marketing words like I’m here to plug my book, I’m here to plug my new movie. So when you remove, it’s to unplug like to unplug my headphones, to unplug my computer, but when you put it in, it’s to plug in something. We do not say plug out. Isn’t this a weird word like a weird pair? Be careful, to plug in, those are two separate words in the infinitive form, plug + in. But be careful, plugin as a noun is a different thing like a Wordpress template like in a software that you use, plugin is all one word, there’s no space between plug and in. That’s the noun form. Plug in; however, is the verb form. All kinds of bonus words here.
So let’s use an example sentence - Unplug your devices when you are finished with work.
We’re going to unplug this camera after this is done.
So those are 10 words that you can use for talking about computers and email. If there is another word that you’re not sure about or if you have any questions or comments, please be sure to let us know in the comment section below this video. Thanks very much for watching this episode of Top Words and we will see you again soon. Bye!