DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 03-09-2019

1a. He wanted to burn the paper but he burnt. (No)

He wanted to burn the paper but he burnt himself. (Yes)

1b. The young man shaves himself once in a week. (No)

The young man shaves once in a week. (Yes)

(Reflexive verbs are associated with reflexive pronouns. However, verbs like “shave”, “stretch”, “keep”, etc. may be used in such a way that the use of reflexive pronouns would be redundant.)

2a. The asleep student is lazy. (No)

The student asleep is lazy. (Yes)

2b. The awake soldiers confronted the enemy. (No)

The soldiers awake confronted the enemy. (Yes)

(Most adjectives are used both attributively, i.e. before the noun being modified; and predicatively, i.e. after the noun being modified or connected to it by a linking verb. However, some adjectives like “afraid”, “alike”, “afloat”, “alone”, “aware”, “upset”, “well”, etc. can only be used predicatively.)

3a. The Chinese oppresses its religious minorities. (No)

The Chinese oppress their religious minorities. (Yes)

3b. The English has continued to dominate other peoples through its language. (No)

The Chinese have continued to dominate other peoples through their language. (Yes)

(Some collective adjectives refer to nationalities. As collective forms, such words derive from the countries so named and they take plural verbs.)

Did You Know?

The most common word in English is “the” and the least commonly used letter is “Z”.

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