DAILY GRAMMAR (DG) 08-10-2018

1a. The boy performed well and we all clapped for him. (No*)

The boy performed well and we all clapped him. (Yes)

1b. That leader failed his people and they demanded for his resignation. (No)

That leader failed his people and they demanded his resignation. (Yes)

(Though to say “clap for” is acceptable to the Americans, British English usually allows no preposition after “clap.” People also “demand” something, not “demand for” it.)

2a. The electorates of the country mainly consist of youth and women. (No)

The electorate of the country mainly consist of youth and women. (Yes)

2b. People work better when they are provided with needed equipments. (No)

People work better when they are provided with needed equipment. (Yes)

(“The electorate” refers to a group of people in a country or place eligible to vote. As it may be treated as singular or plural, it is not usually inflected with “s”. “Equipment”, on the other hand, does not have a plural form at all.)

3a. It is noted that much of science is immoral by design. (No)

It is noted that much of science is amoral by design. (Yes)

3b. In modern societies, receiving bribe in whatever guise is considered amoral. (No)

In modern societies, receiving bribe in whatever guise is considered immoral. (Yes)

(What is “amoral” has no concern whether behaviour is morally right or wrong. What is “immoral” is unethical or morally wrong. In other words, while “amoral” describes people who have no moral principles or about places or situations where moral considerations do not apply, “immoral” describes breaking moral rules.)

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