DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 15-09-2018

1a. It is impracticable for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle. (No)

It is impossible for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle. (Yes)

1b. It is impossible for a Southerner to be our President in 2019. (No)

It is improbable for a Southerner to be our President in 2019. (Yes)

1c. It is impossible for a poor man to be Senator in Nigeria. (No)

It is improbable for a poor man to be Senator in Nigeria. (Yes)

(“Impossible” means not possible; “impracticable” means not possible under the present conditions; “improbable” means though possible but not likely to happen.)

2a. The displaced people are ingenuous members of the warring communities. (No)

The displaced people are indigenous members of the warring communities. (Yes)

2b. It was ingenious of the former Minister to have trusted her associates with such an important document. (No)

It was ingenuous of the former Minister to have trusted her associates with such an important document. (Yes)

2c. For the boy to have solved that complex problem is a proof that he is ingenuous. (No)

For the boy to have solved that complex problem is a proof that he is ingenious. (Yes)

(As adjectives, “indigenous” means being native to a place, “ingenious” means being clever or shrewd and “ingenuous” means being naïve or overly trusting.)

3a. Submitting your completed forms to the secretariat is long overdo. (No)

Submitting your completed forms to the secretariat is long overdue. (Yes)

3b. Anything that people overdue is likely to end in a bad way. (No)

Anything that people overdo is likely to end in a bad way. (Yes)

3c. The new manager is overtly cautious that he is always afraid of innovations that may even grow the company. (No)

The new manager is overly cautious that he is always afraid of innovations that may even grow the company. (Yes)

3d. The boy is overtly rude to have addressed you that way. (No)

The boy is overly rude to have addressed you that way. (Yes)

(To “overdo” is to do something too much but what is “overdue” describes what is past due. “Overtly” means publicly or in the open while “overly” describes what is excessive.)

Did You Know?

“Uhtcear” (pronounced “oot-kay-are-a”) is a noun that describes the act of waking up before dawn but being so worried about something that you cannot go back to sleep.

Can you remember and share an experience that had given you uhtcear?

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