DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 30-09-2018

1a. When the consultant apprised the property, the agents realised they struck a good deal. (No)

When the consultant appraised the property, the agents realised they struck a good deal. (Yes)

1b. The secretary will appraise you of the details after the meeting. (No)

The secretary will apprise you of the details after the meeting. (Yes)

(To “appraise” something is to evaluate it or determine its value. To “apprise” someone is to inform them.)

2a. There is a discrepancy between your needs and wants. (No)

There is a dichotomy/ difference between your needs and wants. (Yes)

2b. The marriage failed because of the dichotomy between her expectations and his ability. (No)

The marriage failed because of the discrepancy between her expectations and his ability. (Yes)

2c. Government should address the dichotomy between lecturers’ income here and what their colleagues earn abroad. (No)

Government should address the disparity between lecturers’ income here and what their colleagues earn abroad. (Yes)

(There is a “dichotomy” between two things that are entirely different or opposite. There is a “discrepancy” between two things that should be the same but which are not presented so. There is a “disparity” where there is a significant difference for measurable things like salary, age, access to resources, etc.)

3a. Sleeping too much has averse effects on one’s health. (No)

Sleeping too much has adverse effects on one’s health. (Yes)

3b. We are adverse to a failed student being a governor. (No)

We are averse to a failed student being a governor. (Yes)

3c. Some Nigerians are not aversed to corruption because they feast on it. (No)

Some Nigeriand are not averse to corruption because they feast on it. (Yes)

(“Adverse” means unfavourable or harmful while “averse” means having a strong dislike for or opposition to something. The two words are adjectives.)

Did You Know?

There are three words that end with “ceed.” These are “proceed”, “exceed” and “succeed.”

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