DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 29-09-2018

DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 29-09-2018

1a. I scanned your company profile to know what you actually do. (No)

I skimmed/read your company profile to know what you actually do. (Yes)

1b. If you skim the minutes of our last meeting now, you will find the approved budget somewhere there. (No)

If you scan the minutes of our last meeting now, you will find the approved budget somewhere there. (Yes)

(One “skims” a piece of when one is trying to get its gist. One “scans” a document if one is trying to find a specific piece of information.)

2a. The will insure that all members adhere to the directive. (No)

The will ensure that all members adhere to the directive. (Yes)

2b. It is always good to ensure your property. (No)

It is always good to insure your property. (Yes)

2c. The lady wanted him to insure her of his love before she agreed to his proposal. (No)

The lady wanted him to assure her of his love before she agreed to his proposal. (Yes)

(To “ensure” is to make certain; to “insure” is to make arrangement for compensation if some specified risk occurs. To “assure” is to guarantee someone else of something.)

3a. Without piece of mind, you won’t be able to achieve anything. (No)

Without of mind, you won’t be able to achieve anything. (Yes)

3b. Olu didn’t behave well and his friend frankly told him his of mind. (No)

Olu didn’t behave well and his friend frankly told him his piece of mind. (Yes)

(“ of mind” describes a relaxed, calm state emotional being. Whereas, telling someone your “piece of mind” is telling them why you are angry or disappointed.)

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