DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 09-08-2018

1. Tolu, I and you passed the exams. (No)

You, I and Tolu passed the exams. (No)

You, Tolu and I passed the exams. (Yes)

(When expressing a positive idea or praise, the sequence of personal pronouns is “second person”, “third person” and “first person” or “you”, “he/she/they” and “I” respectively.)

2. You, he and I are found punishable by the committee. (No)

He, I and you are found punishable by the committee. (No)

I, you and he are found punishable by the committee. (Yes)

(When confessing a fault or expressing a negative idea, the sequence of
personal pronouns is “first person”, “second person” and “third person”.)

3a. Driving without a valid driver’s licence are not good.

Driving without a valid driver’s license is not good. (Yes)

3b. Watching documentaries and playing tennis is my hobby. (No)

Watching documentaries and playing tennis are my hobbies. (Yes)

(When gerunds serve as sentence subjects, they agree with singular verbs but when two gerunds are coordinated by “and”, the sentence takes a plural verb.)

Did You Know?

Only “one word” in all of English has the letters, X, Y and Z in order: Hydroxyzine. It is a type of medicine that prevents sneezing and anxiety.

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