DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 15-08-2018

1a. The furniture is made from oak. (No)

The furniture is made of oak. (Yes)

1b. Paper is made of wood. (No)

Paper is made from wood. (Yes)

(“Made of” is used when a material actually serves as the direct source of a product. “Made from” is used to the refer to a product is produced through the modification of an original material.)

2a. At the end, what matters is good health with happiness. (No)

In the end, what matters is good health with happiness. (Yes)

2b. We struggled for democracy but have we succeeded at the end? (No/Yes – depending on the intention)

We struggled for democracy but have we succeeded in the end? (Yes)

2c. Always put a period in the end of a declarative sentence. (No)

Always put a period at the end of a declarative sentence. (Yes)

2d. I make my subscriptions in the end of every month. (No)

I make my subscriptions at the end of every month. (Yes)

(“In the end” is mostly used as an idiom meaning “finally”, “after a long time” or “after everything has been considered”. “At the end” is used usually in its literal sense or idiomatically to mean “at the end of the day”.)

3a. We had a discussion on you yesterday. (No)

We had a discussion about you yesterday. (Yes)

3b. Prof. STB delivered a brilliant lecture about Componential Analysis. (No)

Prof. STB delivered a brilliant lecture on Componential Analysis. (Yes)

(Both “about” and “on” are used to mean “regarding”. “About”, on its part, is used for ordinary or casual interactions. “On”, however, is used when the discussion is serious, academic or suitable for some experts. So, you may choose to talk about your family or on Quadratic Equations!)

Did You Know?

The longest common word without a vowel is “rhythms”.

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