DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 14-08-2018

1a. The Governor’s problem is nothing else than arrogance. (No)

The Governor’s problem is nothing else but arrogance. (Yes)

1b. With the current situation of things, our people have no one else to help them except God. (No)

With the current situation of things, our people have no one else to help them but God. (Yes)

(When “else” is used in context, it is followed by “but”.)

2a. Power without authorities is meaningless in my view. (No)

Power without authority is meaningless in my view. (No)

2b. The authority of our universities should address the issue of sexual harassment. (No)

The authorities of our universities should address the issue of sexual harassment. (Yes)

2c. The box is made of irons. (No)

The box is made of iron. (Yes)

2d. The criminal is restrained by iron. (No)

The criminal is restrained by irons. (Yes)

(Two of the words that have different meanings in their singular and plural forms are “authority” and “iron”. “Authority” means command while “authorities” means people in power. Also, “iron” is a metal while “irons” means chains or fetters.)

3a. The wage of examination malpractice is expulsion. (No)

The wages of examination malpractice are expulsion. (No)

The wages of examination malpractice is expulsion. (Yes)

3b. The wages of those temporary workers is yet to be paid. (No)

The wages of those temporary workers are yet to be paid. (Yes)

(When “wages” is used to mean punishment, it is used with a singular verb; when it refers to the charges paid on labour, it is used with a plural verb.)

Did You Know?

The English words, “moose”, “opossum”, “pecan”, “raccoon”, “skunk” and “squash” originated from the now-extinct language of the Algonquian people. They were a native people that lived at the site of the earliest English colony on what is now Roanoke Island in the United States.

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