DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 01-10-2018

DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 01-10-

1a. Please, smoothen my clothes in the wardrobe. (No)

Please, smooth my clothes in the wardrobe. (Yes)

1b. Don’t rough my books! (No)

Don’t roughen my books! (Yes)

(“Smooth” is a verb and an adjective. The verb form of “rough” is “roughen”. You roughen feathers and smooth rough edges.)

2a. We conducted a study on Nigerian slangs. (No)

We conducted a study on Nigerian slang. (Yes)

2b. The will recover all the dictator’s loots. (No)

The will recover all the dictator’s loot. (Yes)

(“Slang” and “loot” are mass nouns. You can talk of “slang words” or “slang expressions” whereas “loots” only occurs as a singular verb.)

3a. Last week, sounds of gunshots rented the air in our neighbourhood. (No)

Last week, sounds of gunshots rent the air in our neighbourhood. (Yes)

3b. Biodun has not returned the car he rent from the dealer. (No)

Biodun has not returned the car he rented from the dealer. (Yes)

(“Rent” is the past tense of “rend,” which means “to burst or to separate into parts with force/ sudden violence.” To “rent” is to have temporary possesion of something in exchange for money.)

Did You Know?

To “testify” was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by holding and swearing on their testicles.