DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 10-09-2019

1a. The man fell into comma after hearing the bad news about his family. (No)

The man fell into coma after hearing the bad news about his family. (Yes)

1b. The right punctuation within that sentence is a coma, not a period. (No)

The right punctuation within that sentence is a comma, not a period. (Yes)

(“Comma” is a punctuation mark; “coma” is a state of unconsciousness.)

2a. The young lady was led to the alter by her old schoolmate. (No)

The young lady was led to the altar by her old schoolmate. (Yes)

2b. The truth of the matter is that prayer can altar your destiny. (No)

The truth of the matter is that prayer can alter your destiny. (Yes)

2c. Any altercation will invalidate those documents. (No)

Any alteration will invalidate those documents. (Yes)

(An “altar” is a sacred place of worship while to “alter” is to change, the nominal form of which is “alteration.” The idiom “lead to the altar” means “to marry.”)

3a. The marriage remains invalid without your parents’ ascent. (No)

The marriage remains invalid without your parents’ assent. (Yes)

3b. The man felt weak during his accent to the top of the mountain. (No)

The man felt weak during his ascent to the top of the mountain. (Yes)

3c. She always wants to speak like an American but her Yoruba assent betrays her background. (No)

She always wants to speak like an American but her Yoruba accent betrays her background. (Yes)

(“Assent” is consent; “ascent” is act of rising while “accent” is a pattern of voice modulation.)

Did You Know?

What is known as British accent came being used in London around the time of the American Revolution.

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