Saturday, 25 October 2014

GRAMMAR 101

Inakwana? Means good morning in Hausa... I'm excited today is another saturday and as Usual, today is our grammar lesson.

Last week we treated nouns confused under lexis and this week we'll be moving over to adjectives confused.
1. Conducive and agreeable
WRONG: I do not find sleeping in an air conditioned room conducive.
CORRECT: I do not find sleeping in an air conditioned room agreeable.

Always use 'to' after 'conducive', which means 'causing', for example:
I do not think sleeping in a room with all the windows closed is conducive to good health.

2. Fatal and Serious.
WRONG: He suffered a fatal accident, and was rushed to the hospital, but later recovered.
CORRECT: He suffered a serious accident, and was rushed to the hospital, but later recovered.

'Fatal' means 'resulting in death'; we could use it correctly like this:
He suffered a fatal accident. May his soul rest in peace.

3. Lovely and loving
WRONG: This is your lovely son writing to you.
CORRECT: This is your loving son writing to you.

'Lovely' means 'beautiful'; 'loving' means 'affectionate'.

4. Sweet and tasty.
WRONG: That chicken we ate was very sweet.
CORRECT: That chicken we ate was very tasty.

Like 'tasty', 'sweet' means having an agreeable taste, but 'sweet' is used for sugary things.

..........And that is the end of today's lesson; I hope we have learnt one or two new things!
Have a great weekend lovelies. X

13 comments:

  1. Thanks Seyon. Very helpful of u to treat this. Lil foxes that destroy the ban. They may b visibly wrong in spoken English but when written, they mess up ur grades. 'fatal' is often misused. Happy wkend to u all.

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    1. Doctor Seyon *smiles*
      Keep up the good work dear.

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  2. Yeah....lots of people use the word 'Fatal' wrongly....**whispering** I used to until I saw Criminal minds...hehe....Nice one mami....

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  3. Inakwana translates to 'have you left' in Igbo literally! Thanks for this post because I have learned something today - been using conducive in the wrong context. Daalu so rinne nne

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    1. The language differences though!
      Glad you learnt something new.
      Jisie ike

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  4. Really good tips...dis English eh, we think we are prefect in it but some little mistakes we make.

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  5. i learnt two or three things correctly:)

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