AN ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASS THAT CAN MAKE US BETTER...

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 card.

So, when you cheat or con someone of their money, you are a swindler or conman.

But when you are cheated or conned of your money or belongings, you are a DUPE. (Your dictionaries or the internet can confirm these usages. Do look them up)

2. FROWN AT or FROWN ON/UPON

a. FROWN AT somebody or something means to make a serious, angry or worried expression by bringing your eyebrows closer together so that lines appear on your forehead...

b. FROWN ON/UPON somebody or something means to disapprove of somebody or something e.g

** What are you frowning at her for?

** The present government frowns on / upon corruption

** My Principal frowns upon lateness.

** The supervisor frowns on cheating.

3. BRACE UP or BRACE...?

We are used to folks saying

** You need to brace up for the tiring tasks ahead. ❌

It should rather be:

** You need to brace yourself for the tiring tasks ahead. ✔

*NOTE: Don't use the preposition UP with BRACE, as there is no such expression as BRACE UP❌ in English language* .

4 IN FACT or INFACT...?

I have observed that even after treating the phrase IN FACT in one of our past classes, folks still write the two words together as one.

In fact ✔

Infact ❌

5. IN SPITE or INSPITE....?

What is applicable to item FOUR above is applicable to FIVE here. You should separate the two words thus:

In spite ✔

Inspite ❌

Well, folks, this is where we end today's class. I do hope it is helpful. Join me next Sunday as we continue to help one another to be better. Thanks.

REFERENCE

OXFORD ADVANCED LEARNER'S DICTIONARY, 7TH EDITION.

WALE ADENAYA, MAY 20TH, 2018