DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 12-08-2018

1a. A lot of people does not appreciate that this life is short. (No)

A lot of people do not appreciate that this life is short. (Yes)

1b. A great deal of materials is still needed to complete the project. (No)

A great deal of materials are still needed to complete the project. (Yes)

1c. A lot of work are required to make your paper publishable. (No)

A lot of work is required to make your paper publishable. (Yes)

1d. Plenty of time are needed to accomplish this task. (No)

Plenty of time is needed needed to accomplish this task. (Yes)

(When “a lot of”, “a great deal of”, “plenty of” and “some of” refer to “number”, they are used with a plural verb. But when they are used to refer to “amount”, a singular verb is used.)

2a. I am so hungry and I can eat a whole horse! (No)

I am so hungry that I can eat a whole horse! (Yes)

2b. Your friend is so handsome, he is every lady’s dream. (No)

Your friend is so handsome that he is every lady’s dream. (Yes)

(When “so” is used as an intensifier, “that” is always used with it.)

3a. Unless you don’t work and pray, you will not succeed in life. (No)

Unless you work and pray, you will not succeed in life. (Yes)

3b. Unless you want to fail, you can satisfy everybody. (No)

Unless you want to fail, you cannot satisfy everybody. (Yes)

(“Unless” expresses a condition and it is always used in the negative sense. The negator, “not”, does not share the same clause with “unless”.)

Did You Know?

“Misspelled/ misspelt” is ironically one of the most misspelt words in English. “Misspelled” is American, “misspelt” is British.

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