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Emphasis on social distancing

SAMPLE 1: “On his Instagram page, he reached out to the people of Iwo, Osun and Nigeria at large, emphasizing on the need to stay safe.”(Oluwo of Iwoland back in action? The Nation, Sunday, 22 March, 2020)The only reason for bringing…

Of relief and outrider

SAMPLE 1: “Gomina was said to be off duty on Friday, but had volunteered to relief his colleague, Bawa who was meant to be on duty at the time he died, but was reportedly attending to his sick wife, who later died on Saturday.”(‘We’ll not…

The forms: Have and has

SAMPLE 1: “This reality is what the people of Makoko community has effortlessly made a lifestyle.” (Children’s Day: Focus… Sunday Vanguard, 26 May, 2019)We pay attention to the word has which occurs in the context: “people of Makoko…

Few people, little sympathy

SAMPLE 1: “Some have called her a callous mother who sold off her daughter to marital slavery. From the public domain to the Nollywood enclave few have shown little empathy with her…(Ordeals of Richard Daniels’ mother since her marriage,…

Drainage, pooling resources

SAMPLE 1: “…I have resolved to step down from the governorship race in Lagos on the platform of our party and, instead, poll resources together with my brother…adding that the way forward was for like-minds to close ranks and poll resources…

Of rending, staff

SAMPLE 1: “Shootings rented the air for nearly an hour forcing residents to flee their homes.”(Boko Haram attacks Maiduguri hours after Buhari’s visit, Premium Times, Thursday, 13 February, 2020)We are interested in the form and use of…

In the course of writing…

SAMPLE 1: “In the cause of this story, Sunday Vanguard noticed that many buildings in the area were distressed but only few had been marked for demolition although some of the occupants said they had taken the state government to court over…

Father lies with daughter

SAMPLE 1: “I was sleeping on the bed when I suddenly noticed that someone laid on me. Before I knew it he had sex with me again, making it twice.”(Fathers from hell…Sunday Sun, 30 September, 2018)I refer to the form laid which occurs in…

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