DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 05-04-2018
1. Enter into the room and drop the bag there. (No)
Enter the room and drop the bag there. (Yes)
(To “enter” is to “go into a place”; it doesn’t attract a preposition. To “enter into” is to begin to take part in an official activity. For example, “the two parties have entered into a dialogue/ an agreement on how to solve the problem.”)
2. I am preparing to have my exam now. (No)
I am preparing to sit my exam now. (Yes)
(Though it is correct in Canadian English to “write an exam”, in American English to “take an exam” and in Australian English “to sit for an exam”, you sit or do an exam in British English.)
3. I didn’t reject the offer because of my likeness for you. (No)
I didn’t reject the offer because of my liking for you. (Yes)
I didn’t reject the offer because I like you. (Yes)
(The meaning of “likeness” is “resemblance” and it usually attracts “to”. In this context, the right word is “liking”, which is “affection”, and it attracts “for”.)
Did You Know?
The actual word for cutting your own hair is “self-tonsorialism” and when you utterly confuse someone, you “metagrobolise” them.
Can you tell me how you once metagrobolised a friend?