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20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by chatinent(m): 11:11am On Sep 01, 2017
*Some poisonous expressions used by Nigerians; corrections, tips and reasons - by Richie.*
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Copyright: No part of this should be transmitted to an unknown source without prior consent and allowance by the author.
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1. I am koboless.
Say: I am bankrupt.
Reason: There exist nothing like koboless in English dict-clopedia and is malapropism.
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2. I am more better than you.
Say: I am much better/ better than you.
Reason: 'More' and 'better' are comparative. Both can not be used at the same time. You can likewise use 'better than or much better than.'
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3. Five men on suite are here.
Say: Five men in suite are here.
Reason: The preposition shows they are in (wearing it) the suit, not on(maybe, standing on a piece of cloth) it.
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4. Nepa has brought their light. It is low current.
Say: Nepa has restored power supply. It is low voltage.

Reason: Voltage is the electrical force measured in volts. You say high/low voltage not current.
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5. I will take roasted chicken.
Say: I will have roast chicken.
Reason: 'Roast' is the adjective. 'Roasted' is a verb, an action word (past tense).
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You may apply this grammar to; 'unripe pawpaw' not 'unriped pawpaw' etc.
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6. Wow! You mean you came all the way from the bus-stop down here with leg!
Say: Wow! You mean you came all the way from the bus-stop down here on foot.
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7. You must refund back my money!
Say: You must refund my money.
Reason: To refund already means to give back, adding 'back' again is wrong except you are trying to say 'you must give me back back my money. Apply this grammar corrections to 'return back' , 'rewind back' , 'repeat again' etc. They all don't need the 'back' when they already mean it.
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8. This soup is not pepperish; I'm going to buy grinded pepper.
Say: This soup is not peppery; I'm going to buy ground pepper.

Reason: 'Ground' is both past and past participle of 'grind.' There is nothing like 'grinded.' Haba!
Secondly, it is 'peppery' not 'pepperish,' nothing like 'pepperish.'
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9. I heard it from the radio.
Say: I heard it on/on the radio.
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10. I have a running nose.
Say: I have a runny nose.
Reason: 'Runny' is an adjective which means producing a lot of liquid from your nose or eyes.
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11. Bring me another money.
Say: Get me some or more money.
Reason: 'Money' is an uncountable now and cannot be preceded by 'another' directly.
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12. Horn before overtaking.
Say: Hoot or blow/sound your horn before overtaking.
Reason: 'Horn' is a noun not a verb.
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13. I don't have a book talkless of a pen.
Say: I don't have a book let alone a pen.
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14. I want to buy sack bag.
Say: I want to buy sack.
Reason: 'Sack bag' is tautology.
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15. The team comprises of eleven players.
Say: The team comprises eleven players.
Tips: When you use the word 'comprises' , do not put 'of' in front.
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16. We discussed about football last night.
Say: We discussed football last night.
Tips: Do not put any preposition in front of 'discuss.'
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17. She studied hard and she did not pass.
Say: She studied hard however she did not pass.
Reason: 'And' is used when both simple sentences are in equal status. That is to say, the two items or statement to be joined must be either 'positive positive' or 'negative negative.' Meanwhile. 'however' is used when one is positive and the other negative.
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18. Bring my traveling bag.
Say: Bring my travel bag.
Reason: 'Travelling bag' is wrong grammar.
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19. You are suffering from lack of no respect.
Say: You are suffering from lack of respect.
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Reason: 'Lack' already meant 'no respect.'
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20. I and my sister travelled.
Say: My sister and I travelled.
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Reason: When a subject is joined with the personal pronouns 'I,' it is incorrect to place the personal pronoun first.

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by chatinent(m): 11:14am On Sep 01, 2017
lalasticlala, olawalebabs, Fynestboi, Richiez
Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by FixNaija(m): 11:53am On Sep 01, 2017
Op thanks for the enlightenment

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by chatinent(m): 12:08pm On Sep 01, 2017
FixNaija:
Op thanks for the enlightenment
I should be the one thanking you for reading my contents.

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by Ifey131(f): 2:17pm On Sep 01, 2017
Gracias..The writeup has added to my learning..

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by FromZeroToHero(m): 2:46pm On Sep 01, 2017
What of i'm on my way or i'm on the way.

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by obinna4Jesus(m): 2:59pm On Sep 01, 2017
Wonderful piece. In my language we say '' oyibo bu agbara'' . It means english language could be likened to a deity. Its multifarious rules seem inexhaustible. Obrigado!

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by davbravo(m): 3:08pm On Sep 01, 2017
Thanks for this OP

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by dagreat4(f): 3:08pm On Sep 01, 2017
Nice one OP

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by jordyspices: 3:34pm On Sep 01, 2017
Nice at least i learnt something new today

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by chatinent(m): 4:31pm On Sep 01, 2017
FromZeroToHero:
What of i'm on my way or i'm on the way.
I am on the way is plausible.
Ifey131:
Gracias..The writeup has added to my learning..
You are welcome.
davbravo:
Thanks for this OP
I'm honoured, I thank you greatly.
obinna4Jesus:
Wonderful piece. In my language we say '' oyibo bu agbara'' . It means english language could be likened to a deity. Its multifarious rules seem inexhaustible. Obrigado!
Nwanne'm, owu esi okwu. Nnoo.
dagreat4:
Nice one OP
Pleasure is mine.
jordyspices:
Nice at least i learnt something new today
We at Chatinent Forum are happy you found our article inspiring, thanks a lot.

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by Nobody: 5:18pm On Sep 01, 2017
Good job.

chatinent:


12. Horn before overtaking.
Say: Hoot or blow/sound your horn before overtaking.
Reason: 'Horn' is a noun not a verb.

Honk is actually the collocate for horn.

Honk the horn

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by lukman: 5:23pm On Sep 01, 2017
wish i could read posts like this everyday,thanks Op

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by chatinent(m): 5:34pm On Sep 01, 2017
lukman:
wish i could read posts like this everyday,thanks Op

I promise you that more posts of this sort would come on regular basis from Chatinent Forums, just follow up.
aooyelami:
Good job.
Thanks aplenty.


Honk is actually the collocate for horn.

Honk the horn

lukman:
wish i could read posts like this everyday,thanks Op

I promise you that more posts of this sort comes everyday from Chatinent Forums, just follow up.

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by chatinent(m): 5:36pm On Sep 01, 2017
aooyelami:
Good job.


Honk is actually the collocate for horn.
Honk the horn
You are so right, too.
Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by Nobody: 7:07pm On Sep 01, 2017
No.5 Is wrong. "Roasted" is a participle not a verb.
Participle can either be present or past. Syntactically, participle can function as adjective or adverb Example
"Spoken English" not "Spoke English"
"Written Literature".

The past participle functions as an adjective. "Roasted chicken", " burnt bread", "boiled egg" are all correct syntactically

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by Walexey(m): 7:20pm On Sep 01, 2017
Oga koboless is a Nigerian thingy... It has nothing to do with grammatical error.

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by Only1mi(f): 9:04pm On Sep 01, 2017
I don't agree with koboless, because it was or still is our currency and the value of the kobo gives credence to how broke the person is.

Saying you're penniless is acceptable, so why can't we say koboless?

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by Yeligray(m): 9:44pm On Sep 01, 2017
DAH... THIS ENGLISH DEY CONFUSE PERSON. CAN SOMEONE INTERPRET: "THIS SOUP DRAW" IN ENGLISH?

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by holywahala19(m): 10:30pm On Sep 01, 2017
can I fuk someone with all these 'grammars'?
Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by MasterKim: 10:30pm On Sep 01, 2017
Leave trash for lawma.
understandin lo matar.
English keeps evolving. Old English dey, nrw generation dey, na naija version b dz
Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by bkool7(m): 10:30pm On Sep 01, 2017
FromZeroToHero:
What of i'm on my way or i'm on the way.





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"I am on my way"
means I am just about to start the
journey and "I am on the way" means I
am in the middle of the journey.

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by bkool7(m): 10:38pm On Sep 01, 2017
lilbest4:
No.5 Is wrong. "Roasted" is a participle not a verb.
Participle can either be present or past. Syntactically, participle can function as adjective or adverb Example
"Spoken English" not "Spoke English"
"Written Literature".

The past participle functions as an adjective. "Roasted chicken", " burnt bread", "boiled egg" are all correct syntactically

Thanks.

The present participle: boring, satisfying
And
Past participle : bored, satisfied

Can both be used as adjectives

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by MUTERIKA(m): 11:08pm On Sep 01, 2017
Nigerian english, thanks @OP.
Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by MUTERIKA(m): 11:10pm On Sep 01, 2017
Thanks @op, Nigerian English.
Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by Nobody: 6:45am On Sep 02, 2017
Mynd44 day don't break oh
Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by femi4: 7:07am On Sep 02, 2017
Koboless is a slang. Grinded exist anyway

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by chatinent(m): 7:08am On Sep 02, 2017
lilbest4:
No.5 Is wrong. "Roasted" is a participle not a verb.
Participle can either be present or past. Syntactically, participle can function as adjective or adverb Example
"Spoken English" not "Spoke English"
"Written Literature".

The past participle functions as an adjective. "Roasted chicken", " burnt bread", "boiled egg" are all correct syntactically
Verb forms differ. 'Roast' should only be used referring to meat and food items.
Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by chatinent(m): 7:28am On Sep 02, 2017
Translation: This soup is ingredient-stuffed sticky.
Yeligray:
DAH... THIS ENGLISH DEY CONFUSE PERSON. CAN SOMEONE INTERPRET: "THIS SOUP DRAW" IN ENGLISH?
Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by chatinent(m): 7:30am On Sep 02, 2017
femi4:
Koboless is a slang. Grinded exist anyway
It is now outdated.
Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by femi4: 7:32am On Sep 02, 2017
chatinent:

It is now outdated.
outdated my foot! You won't take to correction

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Re: 20 Poisonous Expressions Used By Nigerians; Corrections, Tips And Reasons. by chatinent(m): 7:37am On Sep 02, 2017
Keneking:
Mynd44 day don't break oh
no mind the old boy. Baba still dey snore.

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