DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 25-09-2018

DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 25-09-

1a. Your hairs are still black. (No)

Your hair is still black. (Yes)

1b. Tunji’s father is losing hairs. (No)

Tunji’s father is losing hair. (Yes)

(“Hair” is singular and usually without an article when it refers to all a person’s hair on his head. It is however pluralised when reference is to individual strands.)

2a. The airs we breathe in are called oxygen. (No)

The air we breathe in is called oxygen. (Yes)

2b. He has airs of arrogance all around him. (No)

He has an air of arrogance all around him. (Yes)

2c. The secretary likes to put on air as if she is the boss. (No)

The secretary likes to put on airs as if she is the boss. (Yes)

2d. You should clear the airs on the allegations levelled against you. (No)

You should clear the air on the allegations levelled against you. (Yes)

(The noun “air” is basically uncountable. “To put on airs” is an idiom that means to act as if one is better than one actually is or as if one is superior to others. If one has a particular air, it means one gives a particular impression. “To clear the air” is to resolve any problem, clarify any misconception or address any disagreement that may have arisen.)

3a. We pray to God everyday. (No)

We pray to God every day. (Yes)

3b. An occasion like this is not an every day event. (No)

An occasion like this is not an everyday event. (Yes)

3c. It is an every day newspaper. (No)

It is a daily newspaper. (Yes)

(“Every day” is a phrase that functions as an adverb. It describes frequency, meaning “on each day” or “all the days of the week.” “Everyday” is an adjective meaning “ordinary, regular, commonplace.” “Daily” means once in a day; “every day” means done each day regardless of the frequency at which it occurs.)

Did You Know?

About 30 per cent of words come from French.

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