DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 11-06-2018
1a. The Babatundes live further down that road. (No)
The Babatundes live farther down that road. (Yes)
1b. Kehinde took the argument farther than I expected. (No)
Kehinde took the argument further than I expected. (Yes)
(“Farther” is used to refer to physical distance; “further” is used to refer to intangible distance.)
2a. If people appreciate you or not, try to motivate yourself. (No)
Whether people appreciate you or not, try to motivate yourself. (Yes)
2b. Whether some Nigerians have their way, they will like to see a former President behind bars. (No)
If some Nigerians have their way, they will like to see a former President behind bars. (Yes)
2c. The whether is good, let’s have a walk. (No)
The weather is good, let’s have a walk. (Yes)
(“Whether” is a conjunction which means a choice between two things or “this one or another”. “If”, a conjunction that introduces a conditional clause, refers to “one thing that might or might not happen.” Then, “weather”, not whether, is the state of the atmosphere at a particular time regarding heat, sunshine, rain, etc.)
3a. We waited with baited breath to receive payment alerts. (No)
We waitedwith bated breath to receive payment alerts. (Yes)
3b. The fact that a friend was visiting you peaked your interest. (No)
The fact that a friend was visiting you piqued your interest. (Yes)
3c. Lanre promised to extract revenge from his attacker. (No)
Lanre promised to exact revenge from his attacker. (Yes)
(a. “Bated breath” is used to refer to someone holding his breath. b. To “pique someone’s interest” is to stimulate or ignite it; the idiom does not wrongly suggest that one’s interest is taken to a high level. c. When “exact” is used as a verb, it means to “require or demand” something.)
Did You Know?
The word “liberal” in Liberal Arts means worthy of a free person (as opposed to a slave) and that type of education is not meant to get you a job but to make you useful in a free society.
What are the challenges confronting liberal education today?