DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 13-06-2018
1a. President Buhari did good on ‘June 12’. (No)
President Buhari did well on ‘June 12’. (Yes)
1b. Foluke speaks English good. (No)
Foluke speaks English well. (Yes)
Foluke speaks good English. (Yes)
(“Good” is an adjective; it is used before a noun as a qualifier or after a verb as a subject complement. It does not modify a verb. “Well” is an adverb; an adverb modifies a verb. Though the two are not usually interchangeable, you may correctly say, “it is well” and “it is good”. In the former, “well” modifies the verb, “is”; in the latter, “good” complements the subject, “it”.)
2a. They all watched the movie at the cinema yesterday. (No)
They all saw the movie at the cinema yesterday. (Yes)
2b. Some people must see the TV everyday, why? (No)
Some people must watch the TV everyday, why? (Yes)
(In English, you watch a film or movie at home but you go to the cinema to see it. So, you have the choice of watching the new movie in your room or going with a friend to see it at the cinema. You also go to the theatre to see a play, not watch it but you always watch a television, not see it. (You only see the physical object where it is placed.))
3a. You should write your name with ink. (No)
You should write your name in ink. (Yes)
3b. Fatimah will like to compose a poetry. (No)
Fatimah will like to compose a poem. (Yes)
(You write “in ink”, not with it, and you write also “in gold”, not with it. “Poetry” is the creative arrangement of words to stir feelings and “poem” is the product of the process. While poetry is uncountable, poem is countable.)
Did You Know?
👉“Forty” is the only number in English which has its letters in alphabetical order.
👉“One” is the only number in English with its letters in reverse alphabetical order.
👉 “Four” is the only number in English whose number of letters in the name is equal to itself.