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From The Desk Of Wale Adenaya
1. WHEREABOUTS or WHEREABOUT?
The correct word is WHEREABOUTS ✔ as WHEREABOUT ❌ does not exist.
WHEREABOUTS as a noun can take singular or plural verbs.
e.g. in a sentence such as:
** Their whereabouts are/is still a mystery. ✔
** My whereabouts has / have not been disclosed. ✔
If you used any of ARE or IS, HAS or HAVE as found in the two sent... daymasses
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1. GOD WILLING or GOD'S WILLING?
I have heard folks say:
"God's willing, I will see you tomorrow."
The expression quoted above is faulty with the phrase: ' GOD'S WILLING'
The word GOD should not have taken the apostrophe 's' which would have suggested possession...
The correct usage should have been GOD WILLING which means:
If God allows, or if God permits, or if Go... daymasses
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1. RIOT POLICE or ANTI-RIOT POLICE?
Well, it is NOT UNCOMMON to read or hear from our national dailies or radio / TV personalities using the phrase, ANTI RIOT POLICE.
It is however found to be incorrect as British people don't have the usage in their language.
The right phrase is RIOT POLICE.
Riot police ar... daymasses
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1. STEER CLEAR or STIR CLEAR...?
It's common to read or hear folks write or say STIR CLEAR.
However, the right expression is:
STEER CLEAR of somebody or something means:
to avoid someone or something that seems unpleasant, dangerous, or likely to cause problems: ✔
** Her speech steered clear of contro... daymasses
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1. SWINDLER versus DUPE
These two words are often misused.
SWINDLER (noun) is a person who uses dishonest or illegal methods in order to get money from a company or another person.
DUPE: noun (Never say DUPER) is a person who is tricked or cheated. Or (verb) to trick or cheat someone
** He was duped into giving them his ATM ca... daymasses
The Correct Use Of "On (a) Par And At Par".
THIS IS ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO PERFECT OUR DEFICIENCY IN LANGUAGE
1. ON (a) PAR or AT PAR WITH SOMEONE/SOMETHING
It is common to read or hear folks write or say
** My salary is at par with my wife's whose work is lesser than mine. ❌
The correct phrase should be 'On a par' and NOT 'at par'
on (a) par with someone/something means:
equal or similar to someone or something: