DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 24-05-2018

1a. Divide this bread to four pieces. (No)

Divide this bread into four pieces. (Yes)

1b. Don’t break the ruler to pieces. (No)

Don’t break the ruler into pieces. (Yes)

1c. Separate the children to six groups. (No)

Separate the children into six groups. (Yes)

(As phrasal verbs, “divide”, “break” and “separate” attract “into”, not “to”.)

2a. He was anxious for his mother’s health. (No)

He was anxious about his mother’s health. (Yes)

2b. I was glad from/with the man’s promotion. (No)

I was glad about/of the man’s promotion. (Yes)

2c. I was glad on his good result. (No)

I was glad at his good result. (Yes)

(One is “anxious about”, not “at”, a thing. Though one is usually “glad of” and “glad about” things, one is particularly “glad at” a result.)

3a. Members should conform with the rules of this platform. (No)

Members should conform to the rules of this platform. (Yes)

3b. The footballer is popular among his friends. (No)

The footballer is popular with his friends. (Yes)

3c. Are you satisfied from your performance? (No)

Are you satisfied with your performance? (Yes)

(One “conforms to”, is “popular with” and “satisfied with”. Other phrasal verbs that collocate with “with” include “content with”, “delighted with”, “displeased with”, “dissatisfied with”, “disgusted with”, etc.)

Did You Know?

In his “Dictionary of the English Language” (1755), the first English dictionary, Dr Samuel Johnson actually defined a “sock” as “something put between the foot and the shoe.”

How would you define a “sock”?

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