DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 17-05-2018

1a. It has been raining continuously for the past one month. (No)

It has been raining continually for the past one month. (Yes)

1b. Being a strong man, he can work continually for two hours. (No)

Being a strong man, he can work continuously for two hours. (Yes)

(Both “continual” and “continuous” derive from “continue”. While “continual” describes something that happens again and again, in a start-and-stop manner, “continuous” describes something that happens without interruption over space and time. For instance, at most, one can laugh continuously for some minutes but attending a comedy show may make one laugh continually for hours.)

2. STDs are now popular among the youth. (No)

STDs are now widespread among the youth. (Yes)

(The meaning of popular is “liked by many people.” Sports may be popular but diseases can only be widespread, under normal circumstances.)

3a. In this age of machines, many people have become immoral. (No)

In this age of machines, many people have become amoral. (Yes)

3b. It is amoral for a religious leader to sexually abuse his followers. (No)

It is immoral for a religious leader to sexually abuse his followers. (Yes)

(Being “immoral” is having no morality, being wicked or evil. Being “amoral” is doing what is wrong without understanding that it is wrong. “Amoral” is descriptive; “immoral” is judgemental. For instance, “it is amoral to believe that people are poor just because they are lazy but it is immoral for a girl to become a prostitute because of poverty.”)

Did You Know?

Counting on your fingers is properly known as “dactylonymy”.

Isn’t dactylonymy “sunnatic”?

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