DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 23-09-2018

1a. The man was biting his time before launching his political ambition. (No)

The man was biding his time before launching his political ambition. (Yes)

1b. It is a mute point that politicians are incurable liars. (No)

It is a moot point that politicians are incurable liars. (Yes)

(To “bide one’s time” is to wait patiently for an opportunity to do something. “A moot point” is an issue open to debate or a matter of no practical value or importance.)

2a. Arguing with a fool does not worth your precious time. (No)

Arguing with a fool is not worth your precious time. (Yes)

2b. Thanks a lot for your effort; I really appreciate. (No)

Thanks a lot for your effort; I really appreciate it. (Yes)

(“Worth” is an adjective, or a noun, not a verb. “Appreciate” is a transitive verb that require an object.)

3a. You should be rest assured that the message will be delivered. (No)

You should rest assured that the message will be delivered. (Yes)

3b. To be on the safer side, don’t travel by road at night. (No)

To be on the safe side, do not travel by road at night. (Yes)

(“Rest assured” means you can be sure or certain. “To be on the safe side” is to be especially careful in order to avoid something unpleasant.)

Did You Know?

The original name for butterfly was “flutterby.”

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