DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 22-09-2018

1a. Neighbours brought the dyeing old man to the hospital. (No)

Neighbours brought the dying old man to the hospital. (Yes)

1b. Some people prefer dying their clothes to replacing them. (No)

Some people prefer dyeing their clothes to replacing them. (Yes)

(“To die” and “to dye” are not the same. While someone “dying” is in the throes of death, someone “dyeing” his clothes is only colouring them.)

2a. The man formally disagreed with the speaker because he was confused. (No)

The man formerly diasgreed with the speaker because he was confused. (Yes)

2b. He is a formal principal. (No)

He is a former principal. (Yes)

(“Formally” means officially or unceremoniously. “Formerly” means previously or in the time past.)

3a. The man encouraged his staff to set fourth early in the morning.

The man encouraged his staff to set forth early in the morning

3b. This is his forth time of complaining since the work started. (No)

This is his fourth time of complaining since the work started. (Yes)

(“Fourth” is the next after third. “Forth” means forward.)

Did You Know?

Most average adult English language speakers know between 20,000 and 35,000 words.

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