DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 17-09-2018.

1a. Your left eye is swollen, you need to consult an optician. (No)

Your left eye is swollen, you need to consult an occulist. (Yes)

1b. He is yet to receive his eyeglasses from the occulist that produces them. (No)

He is yet to receive his eyeglasses from the optician that produces them. (Yes)

1c. Your cataract requires the attention of an optometrist. (No)

Your cataract requires the attention of an ophthalmologist. (Yes)

1d. If you have vision-related problems, the best specialist to meet is an ophthalmologist. (No)

If you have vision-related problems, the best specialist to meet is an optometrist. (Yes)

(Though their functions may on some occasions, strictly, an “occulist” treats eyes, an “optician” makes eyeglasses, an “optometrist” measures the vision while an ophthalmologist is a surgeon specialising in eye treatment. An occulist is not necessarily an ophthalmologist.)

2a. Our troops need additional ordinance to effectively confront the terrorists. (No)

Our troops need additional ordnance to effectively confront the terrorists. (Yes)

2b. The treasurer developed an ordnance to guard against financial recklessness in the party. (No)

The treasurer developed an ordinance to guard against financial recklessness in the party. (Yes)

(“Ordinance” means law or prescribed practice or usage while “ordnance” means military supplies, including weapons and ammunition.)

3a. Your views on President are partly correct. (No*)

Your views on are partially correct. (Yes)

3b. The building project is partially completed. (No*)

The building project is partly completed. (Yes)

(“Partially” means “in some degree”; “partly” means “in part.” Though the two adverbs are almost interchangeable, “partially” is mostly used in contexts involving non-tangible description of things. It describes what is vague, abstract or non-specific. “Partly” is mostly used in the context of tangible descriptions. It is concrete and specific.)

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