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Personnel and other collective nouns

December 4, 2016

A  fortnight ago, we addressed issues having to do with aspects of countable and uncountable nouns, collective nouns, and words whose statuses (singular or plural) sometimes create problems for Nigerian users. Another word that causes […]

No holds barred!

November 27, 2016

SAMPLE 1: “He said that the interaction was one of the ways of seeking a path out of the wood, urging the participants to engage in a hold no bar session in other to achieve […]

Personnel and other collective nouns

November 20, 2016

SAMPLE 1: “The man who claimed to be amilitarypersonnel was not in uniform as at the time of the unfortunate incident but he insisted on parking in front of the building on the ground that […]

Of rent, other, and order

November 13, 2016

SAMPLE 1: “That same morning reports also rented the internet of his attempted suicide on the Lekki/Ikoyi link bridge and it took the duo of Peter Okoye and Banky W to get him off the […]

Of life, live and leave

November 6, 2016

SAMPLE 1: “Tiwa was one of those dedicated girls at Berkeley,” reveals another source. “She put aside distractions and concentrated on her dreams. All she did was leave and breathe music.”(Tiwa Savage Undressed…The Sunday Sun, […]

Resorting to troops and troupes

October 30, 2016

SAMPLE 1: “It was the first Durbar presentation in the South South region. The durbar troops were from Niger, Sokoto and Kano States. A large crowd gathered to see the presentation even as chiefs and […]

There and their (IV)

October 23, 2016

THE excerpt that has served us for the past three weeks comes under scrutiny for the fourth time. It is presented as sample 1. Sample 1: “…he has not picked up any local dialect or […]

There and their (III)

October 16, 2016

TODAY, we continue the analysis of the excerpt that has served as the basis for our discussion for the past two weeks. That excerpt is presented as sample 1. Sample 1: “…he has not picked […]

There and their (II)

October 9, 2016

THE second rule is that of the continuous or progressive tense. The rule is of the nature: be plus the ing form of the verb (ie is going; was singing; were washing; are training; etc). […]

There and their (I)

October 2, 2016

  SAMPLE 1: “…he has not picked up any local dialect or the national language, English, which are dominantly spoken by indigenes…Been a light sleeper, I only had one opportunity to look through the window […]

Of rent, other, and order

September 25, 2016

SAMPLE 1: “That same morning reports also rented the internet of his attempted suicide on the Lekki/Ikoyi link bridge and it took the duo of Peter Okoye and Banky W to get him off the […]

Senate on randy lecturers!

September 18, 2016

SAMPLE 1: “She noted that she was preparing the evening meal when suddenly the sound of sporadic gunshots rented the air around their village, a development which made everyone, men, women, young and old to […]

Relieving and reliving

September 11, 2016

SAMPLE 1: “The Rivers governorship election, which was criticized by local and international observers, witnessed the largest amount of violence both in its build-up and after the elections, following its nullification by two competent courts, […]

Emphasizing…

September 4, 2016

Sample 1: “Although all efforts to get official military confirmation were unsuccessful, a very reliable military source in Delta confirmed that seven suspects were arrested in the early-hour operation, adding that recovery of explosives, arms […]

By dint of…

August 28, 2016

Sample 1: “Accusing the former president of abuse of power during his reign, he regretted that by killing some of the business interests of the former governor, including banks, airline, oil blocks, which forced Kalu […]

Nipping in the bud

August 21, 2016

Sample 1: “He urged the members of the public to report to the command any filling stations selling above pump price, promising that actions will be taking immediately.”(Fuel Scarcity: NSCDC Warns Marketers Against Hiking Pump […]

Of potable water and portable bag

August 14, 2016

Before considering another excerpt for analysis today, let’s pay attention to one or two issues yet to be discussed in the excerpt that has served us in the past three weeks or so. Let’s take […]

Of cost and cause (II)

August 7, 2016

In sentence (3), the pronoun they, which is the subject, is in the plural form. Besides, it is the third person form. What do we mean by the third person? A first person—say I—speaks to […]

Of cost and cause II

July 31, 2016

Before we could finish the analysis of the excerpt being considered last week we had run out of space. Today, that excerpt is presented as sample 1. Sample 1: “The president, in his remark, said […]

Of cost and cause

July 24, 2016

A fortnight ago, we had started considering issues from the last excerpt for that day when space cut us short. That excerpt is here presented as the first sample for today. Sample 1: : “The […]

Heaps of Rubbish!

July 17, 2016

We begin today by presenting a letter from one of our readers. He writes: Your contribution(s) to the development of understanding the rudiments of the English language cannot be overemphasized. Kindly look at page 22 […]

Senate on randy lecturers (II)

July 10, 2016

WE didn’t finish analyzing the second excerpt that occupied our critical attention last week. For ease of reference, let’s label that excerpt ‘Sample 1’. Sample 1:“Talks about how university teachers use their overbearing advantage over […]

Senate on randy lecturers!

July 3, 2016

SAMPLE 1: “She noted that she was preparing the evening meal when suddenly the sound of sporadic gunshots rented the air around their village, a development which made everyone, men, women, young and old to […]