DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 15-04-2018
1. The young man hanged his shirt on the door. (No)
The young man hung his shirt on the door. (Yes)
(To “hang” is to suspend or dangle. Note that when it is used with reference to things, the past and participle forms are “hung, hung” but when it is used with reference to people, the past and participle forms are “hanged, hanged”. For example, “a boy is reported to have hanged himself just because of failing his exams.”)
2. He vowed to revenge his father’s gruesome murder. (No)
He vowed to avenge his father’s gruesome murder. (Yes)
(One revenges a wrong done to one by oneself and one avenges a wrong on behalf of another person. For example, “don’t revenge, let the Almighty God avenge your undeserved punishment.”)
3. I’ll call you later; I am in a meeting presently. (No)
I’ll call you later; I am in a meeting at present. (Yes)
(Note that “presently” means “very soon” while “at present” means “now” or “at the moment”.)
Did You Know?
Words that we often repeat in our conversations are called “crutch words”. These include “basically”, “actually”, “really”, etc.
What are the crutch words you or your friends use?