DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 26-04-2018

1. He looks happily today. (No)

He looks happy today. (Yes)

(The verbs, “feel”, “seem”, “look”, “taste”, “sound”, “appear”, “smell”, etc. attract predicative adjectives, not adverbs. For example, “the young boy sounds brilliant.”)

2. Ibadan is larger than any city in Yorubaland. (No)

Ibadan is larger than any other city in Yorubaland. (Yes)

(In the context of comparative degree as we have here, “other” should be used after “any”.)

3. Your action may result to your dismissal. (No)

Your action may result in your dismissal. (Yes)

(The right preposition after “result” as a verb is “in”. Similarly, you “look at”, “wait for”, “reply to”, “succeed in”, etc.)

Did You Know?

The English language contains a lot of contronyms (also called contranyms), i.e. words that can have contradictory meanings depending on context. Some of these words include: bill, bound, custom, discursive, dust, help, mean, etc.

Can you give examples of contronyms and illustrate how they function in contexts?

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