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 God wills, or if God grants...

"WILL," in this context means WHAT SOMEONE WANTS TO HAPPEN...

GOD WILLING ✔

GOD'S WILLING ❌

It is not the same as:

GOD'S GRACE

GOD'S LOVE

GOD'S FAVOUR...etc which will be talking abour the GRACE, LOVE or FAVOUR of God.

"God willing, I shall live to see tomorrow."

"God permitting, we will be here."

2. STROKE versus STROLL

It is common while I was growing to hear folks say:

"I STROKED from here to the park"

In the above sentence, the word STROKE is wrongly used.

It should read:

"I STROLLED from here to the park."

NOTE: the word STROKE refers to a disease; a hitting movement; gentle touch; etc

When you walk in a leisurely way, you are having a STROLL.

"I STROLLED ..." ✔

" I took a STROLL..." ✔

" I STROKED..." ❌

"I took a STROKE..." ❌

3. WHAT EXPRESSION CAN WE USE TO ASK FOR REPETITION?

We often hear people say:

" *Please, repeat yourself."*

Well, it is advisable that we avoid the use of such expression when we are asking for repetition, especially in a FORMAL setting...

SAY:

"Sorry, I wonder if you could repeat that, please."

"Will you kindly repeat what you just said?"

"Sorry, what did you say?"

`I'm sorry, I didn't quite catch that."

"I'm sorry, I didn't hear what you said."

`I'm sorry, would you mind repeating that again?"

"Would you repeat that, please?'

"I beg your pardon"
is considered not quite formal and it's somewhat old-fashioned.

4. UPLIFT and UPLIFTMENT

I often hear people say:

"For the UPLIFTMENT of our society, let's vote for the right people."

Well, it is timely to say that the word UPLIFTMENT does not exist in English dictionaries, not even in the language itself.

UPLIFT ( noun, verb) is the appropriate word.

A feeling of hope and happiness:

" The news gave them a much needed UPLIFT."

UPLIFT ✔

UPLIFTMENT ❌

Folks, this is where to say goodbye for today.

*We shall meet next Sunday, God willing.*

REFERENCE

OXFORD ADVANCED LEARNER'S DICTIONARY, 9TH EDITION

_Only the Living Learn_

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