DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 07-09-2018

1a. The electorate should refrain selling their votes. (No)

The electorate should refrain from selling their votes. (Yes)

1b. Nigerians should resist from all forms of oppression. (No)

Nigerians should resist all forms of oppression. (Yes)

(“Refrain” attracts the preposition “from” in context while “resist” does not.)

2a. Their misguided criticism is unworthy off our attention. (No)

Their misguided criticism is unworthy of our attention. (Yes)

2b. The actor fell of the stage and fainted. (No)

The actor fell off the stage and fainted. (Yes)

3c. We read about the fall off Benin Kingdom many years ago. (No)

We read about the fall of Benin Kingdom many years ago. (Yes)

(Someone or something is “unworthy of” a thing. To “fall off” is verbal while the “fall of” is nominal.)

3a. The man has quickly adapted from city life. (No)

The man has quickly adapted to city life. (Yes)

3b. The movie is adapted on the book with the same title. (No)

The movie is adapted from the book with the same title. (Yes)

3c. Based on its location, the house cannot be adapted into a place of religious worship. (No)

Based on its location, the house cannot be adapted for a place of religious worship. (Yes)

(To “adapt” is to generally make something suitable for a new use or purpose. It can be used with at least three prepositions. “Adapt to” means something changes to fit its environment. “Adapt for” is to change or adjust something by someone while “adapt from” is to create something from something else.)

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