ubiquitous – Advanced English Vocabulary for TOEFL, TOEIC and GRE - Videos

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In this English lesson you will learn the word ‘ubiquitous’ and test your reading comprehension.

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In today’s English lesson you will learn how to use the word ubiquitous.
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Hello Real Fluency Friends! I’m Trisha and I’m here to teach you Real English used in Real Life so you can reach Real Fluency! Now!

And today you will learn the meaning of the word ubiquitous.

Ubiquitous /yo͞oˈbikwədəs/
adjective
Ubiquitous comes from the noun ‘ubiquity’ and is derived from Latin.
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Definition:
– present, appearing, or found everywhere.
Synonyms: everywhere pervasive universal
all-over common

Antonym: rare

Sample sentences:

– In the United States, squirrels are ubiquitous.

– In my opinion, the most ubiquitous food in the US is pizza. In grocery stores, you can find many brands of both frozen and fresh pizza as well as ingredients to make your own pizza. In addition, pizza restaurants are everywhere – at least one near every neighborhood!

– But that changed in the 19th century, when two important developments helped make ice cream the ubiquitous snack it is today.
(http://www.thedailybeast.com/an-investigation-into-the-delicious-origins-of-ice-cream)

Related words:
ubiquitously (adverb)
ubiquity (noun, formal)

Another related word is ubiquitin. I’m going to show you a paragraph of text that you can pause and read to yourself first if you want if not I’m going to read it for you while you look at it.

And then I will have a short quiz to ask you questions about it so you can test your reading comprehension. And this will be very good for people thinking about taking the TOEFL exam or GRE’s or some other exam needed to work or study in the United States.

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Ubiquitin is a small protein that is found almost everywhere in our bodies, and in the bodies of other animals. It gets attached to other proteins and then affects what happens to them. For example, some proteins that have been tagged with ubiquitin get broken down by the proteasome. The process of having ubiquitin added to a protein is call ubiquitination or ubiquitylation. The degradation of proteins is the main function of the proteasome.
And the Ubiquitin Proteasome Pathway (UPP) is the principal mechanism for protein catabolism in the mammalian cytosol and nucleus.
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Quiz:
1) T or F:
‘Ubiquitin is a ubiquitous protein.’

2) Based on this paragraph about ubiquitin you can infer that in this context ‘tagged’ means:

a) A label gets placed on the proteasome
b) Ubiquitin becomes attached to proteins
c) Someone mentioned proteins in a post on social media

3) Protein catabolism is the __________ of proteins

a) Degradation
b) Build up
c) Break down
d) Both a and c
e) None of the above

Answers are at the bottom of the description

Practice your English:
Practice using the word ubiquitous
in the comments by answering this question:
What is ubiquitous in the country you live in?
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Answers: 1)T 2) b 3) d

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