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Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by Rapmoney(m): 12:58pm On May 04
Some Grammatical Blunders You Should Avoid

We make some grammatical blunders everyday in our interactions with others. I once visited a private school and was disappointed that the instructors in the school were not laying a good foundation for sound grammar for the kids. Children are very sensitive to copying what they see or hear. Teachers in schools and parents at home should be mindful of this because kids copy a lot and are greatly prone to accept what they hear as correct.

Below are some grammatical blunders we should avoid while speaking, especially, to kids:

1) 'Stop matching me' (WRONG).
Instead, say ' Stop stepping on me'. To 'match'
means to walk with quick calculated steps in unison
by a group of people, especially, in the military.

2) 'He is my junior brother' (WRONG).
Instead, they 'He is my younger brother'.

3) 'On my way to Lagos, I'll branch my sister's house'
(WRONG). Instead, say 'On my way to Lagos, I'll visit
my sister or I'll go to my sister's house'. There's no
verb as 'branch' in English which means the same
thing intended by the speaker.

4) 'I saw your missed calls' (WRONG).
Instead, say 'I missed your calls'. The calls were
missed because you didn't pick or not disposed to
do that.

5) 'He is drinking mineral' (WRONG).
Instead, say 'He is drinking mineral water or soda'.
Minerals are natural deposits, they are not foods or
beverages.

6) 'My car is more better than yours' (WRONG).
Instead, say 'My car is better than yours'. MORE and
BETTER are both comparative adjectives. Two
comparative adjectives are not used in same
sentence.

7) 'On the long run' (WRONG).
instead, say 'In the long run'.

8. 'Either Bisi or Ade are coming' (WRONG).
Instead, say 'Either Bisi or Ade is coming'. There are
two subjects in the sentence but only one person will be coming which makes it singular. Remember, 'IS' is a singular verb while 'ARE' is a plural verb.

9) 'Those are the men that caught the thieves'
(WRONG).
Instead, say 'Those are the men who caught the
thieves. 'WHO' and 'THAT' are relative pronouns
in this context. While 'who' is used for humans, 'that'
is used for things and animals.

10) 'They are discussing about the weather' (WRONG).
Instead, say 'They are discussing the weather.

The rest are more of Oral English, Phonics or Speech. That's speaking right.

11) OFTEN, LISTEN - Pronounce them without the letter 'T'. Such as 'ofen' and 'lisen'.
12) PERFECT - Pronounce it as 'pefekt' and not 'pafekt'
13) ATE (past tense of eat) - Pronounce it as 'et' not 'hate'.
14) MARKET, POCKET, BUCKET, ROCKET, etc - Pronounce them as 'markit', 'pockit', 'buckit' and 'rockit'.
15) BUS - It's pronounced correctly as 'bas'.
16) SUITE (in hotels) - Pronounce it as 'sweet' and not 'suit'.
17) EXAMPLE, EXAMINATION - Pronounce them as 'eexample' and 'eexamination' respectively.
18) MILD - Pronounce it as 'mald'.
19) NEEDED (past tense of need) - Pronounce it as 'needid'.
20) COME - Pronounce it as 'cam'.

For those taking IELTS, TOEFL and other English proficiency tests, you need to pay particular attention to the LISTENING SECTION. You may easily misunderstand the speaker if you don't pay attention to things you think do not matter.

We all have an opportunity to learn everyday. Strive to learn new things everyday.

God bless you.

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by Rapmoney(m): 1:00pm On May 04
Olawalebabs, fynestboi, richiez.

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by Rapmoney(m): 1:05pm On May 04
You can add yours.


Lalasticlala.

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by Harrymig1(m): 1:12pm On May 04
Educative. Thanks

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by Kneephy(m): 1:23pm On May 04
Serve :pronounce it as 'sev' not 'sav'

Fork : pronounce it as 'fok' not 'fek '

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by Rapmoney(m): 1:49pm On May 04
Harrymig1:
Educative. Thanks
Thanks.

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by Rapmoney(m): 1:51pm On May 04
Kneephy:
Serve :pronounce it as 'sev' not 'sav'

Fork : pronounce it as 'fok' not 'fek '

You are correct. Most people in Nigeria call it 'fek'.

A word like 'fervent' is erroneously pronounced as 'favent' instead of 'fevent'.

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by lonelydora: 2:23pm On May 04
English is not our language. Leave us alone, we understand ourselves with these 'blunders'. Whites do not even speak correctly sef.

Abeg, Let me come and be going. grin


Number 13 for is Ibadan people

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by BlackfireX: 2:24pm On May 04
Yet a man without certificate is ruling y'all with all this grammar.




On the long run..

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by GrammarNazi1(m): 2:25pm On May 04
Rapmoney:
Some Grammatical Blunders You Should Avoid

We make some grammatical blunders everyday in our interactions with others. I once visited a private school and was disappointed that the instructors in the school were not laying a good foundation for sound grammar for the kids. Children are very sensitive to copying what they see or hear. Teachers in schools and parents at home should be mindful of this because kids copy a lot and are greatly prone to accept what they hear as correct.

Below are some grammatical blunders we should avoid while speaking, especially, to kids:

1) 'Stop matching me' (WRONG).
Instead, say ' Stop stepping on me'. To 'match'
means to walk with quick calculated steps in unison
by a group of people, especially, in the military.

2) 'He is my junior brother' (WRONG).
Instead, they 'He is my younger brother'.

3) 'On my way to Lagos, I'll branch my sister's house'
(WRONG). Instead, say 'On my way to Lagos, I'll visit
my sister or I'll go to my sister's house'. There's no
verb as 'branch' in English which means the same
thing intended by the speaker.

4) 'I saw your missed calls' (WRONG).
Instead, say 'I missed your calls'. The calls were
missed because you didn't pick or not disposed to
do that.

5) 'He is drinking mineral' (WRONG).
Instead, say 'He is drinking mineral water or soda'.
Minerals are natural deposits, they are not foods or
beverages.

6) 'My car is more better than yours' (WRONG).
Instead, say 'My car is better than yours'. MORE and
BETTER are both comparative adjectives. Two
comparative adjectives are not used in same
sentence.

7) 'On the long run' (WRONG).
instead, say 'In the long run'.

8. 'Either Bisi or Ade are coming' (WRONG).
Instead, say 'Either Bisi or Ade is coming'. There are
two subjects in the sentence but only one person will be coming which makes it singular. Remember, 'IS' is a singular verb while 'ARE' is a plural verb.

9) 'Those are the men that caught the thieves'
(WRONG).
Instead, say 'Those are the men who caught the
thieves. 'WHO' and 'THAT' are relative pronouns
in this context. While 'who' is used for humans, 'that'
is used for things and animals.

10) 'They are discussing about the weather' (WRONG).
Instead, say 'They are discussing the weather.

The rest are more of Oral English, Phonics or Speech. That's speaking right.

11) OFTEN, LISTEN - Pronounce them without the letter 'T'. Such as 'ofen' and 'lisen'.
12) PERFECT - Pronounce it as 'pefekt' and not 'pafekt'
13) ATE (past tense of eat) - Pronounce it as 'et' not 'hate'.
14) MARKET, POCKET, BUCKET, ROCKET, etc - Pronounce them as 'markit', 'pockit', 'buckit' and 'rockit'.
15) BUS - It's pronounced correctly as 'bas'.
16) SUITE (in hotels) - Pronounce it as 'sweet' and not 'suit'.
17) EXAMPLE, EXAMINATION - Pronounce them as 'eexample' and 'eexamination' respectively.
18) MILD - Pronounce it as 'mald'.
19) NEEDED (past tense of need) - Pronounce it as 'needid'.
20) COME - Pronounce it as 'cam'.

For those taking IELTS, TOEFL and other English proficiency tests, you need to pay particular attention to the LISTENING SECTION. You may easily misunderstand the speaker if you don't pay attention to things you think do not matter.

We all have an opportunity to learn everyday. Strive to learn new things everyday.

God bless you.

cheesy

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by Peteryt01: 2:27pm On May 04
Thanks
Rapmoney:
Some Grammatical Blunders You Should Avoid

We make some grammatical blunders everyday in our interactions with others. I once visited a private school and was disappointed that the instructors in the school were not laying a good foundation for sound grammar for the kids. Children are very sensitive to copying what they see or hear. Teachers in schools and parents at home should be mindful of this because kids copy a lot and are greatly prone to accept what they hear as correct.

Below are some grammatical blunders we should avoid while speaking, especially, to kids:

1) 'Stop matching me' (WRONG).
Instead, say ' Stop stepping on me'. To 'match'
means to walk with quick calculated steps in unison
by a group of people, especially, in the military.

2) 'He is my junior brother' (WRONG).
Instead, they 'He is my younger brother'.

3) 'On my way to Lagos, I'll branch my sister's house'
(WRONG). Instead, say 'On my way to Lagos, I'll visit
my sister or I'll go to my sister's house'. There's no
verb as 'branch' in English which means the same
thing intended by the speaker.

4) 'I saw your missed calls' (WRONG).
Instead, say 'I missed your calls'. The calls were
missed because you didn't pick or not disposed to
do that.

5) 'He is drinking mineral' (WRONG).
Instead, say 'He is drinking mineral water or soda'.
Minerals are natural deposits, they are not foods or
beverages.

6) 'My car is more better than yours' (WRONG).
Instead, say 'My car is better than yours'. MORE and
BETTER are both comparative adjectives. Two
comparative adjectives are not used in same
sentence.

7) 'On the long run' (WRONG).
instead, say 'In the long run'.

8. 'Either Bisi or Ade are coming' (WRONG).
Instead, say 'Either Bisi or Ade is coming'. There are
two subjects in the sentence but only one person will be coming which makes it singular. Remember, 'IS' is a singular verb while 'ARE' is a plural verb.

9) 'Those are the men that caught the thieves'
(WRONG).
Instead, say 'Those are the men who caught the
thieves. 'WHO' and 'THAT' are relative pronouns
in this context. While 'who' is used for humans, 'that'
is used for things and animals.

10) 'They are discussing about the weather' (WRONG).
Instead, say 'They are discussing the weather.

The rest are more of Oral English, Phonics or Speech. That's speaking right.

11) OFTEN, LISTEN - Pronounce them without the letter 'T'. Such as 'ofen' and 'lisen'.
12) PERFECT - Pronounce it as 'pefekt' and not 'pafekt'
13) ATE (past tense of eat) - Pronounce it as 'et' not 'hate'.
14) MARKET, POCKET, BUCKET, ROCKET, etc - Pronounce them as 'markit', 'pockit', 'buckit' and 'rockit'.
15) BUS - It's pronounced correctly as 'bas'.
16) SUITE (in hotels) - Pronounce it as 'sweet' and not 'suit'.
17) EXAMPLE, EXAMINATION - Pronounce them as 'eexample' and 'eexamination' respectively.
18) MILD - Pronounce it as 'mald'.
19) NEEDED (past tense of need) - Pronounce it as 'needid'.
20) COME - Pronounce it as 'cam'.

For those taking IELTS, TOEFL and other English proficiency tests, you need to pay particular attention to the LISTENING SECTION. You may easily misunderstand the speaker if you don't pay attention to things you think do not matter.

We all have an opportunity to learn everyday. Strive to learn new things everyday.

God bless you.

Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by Peteryt01: 2:27pm On May 04
Thanks
Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by Topmaike007(m): 2:27pm On May 04
This borrowed Language again

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by BABANGBALI: 2:27pm On May 04
Op have you ever heard of what they call Nigerian English before? I don't think so

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by Upton: 2:29pm On May 04
Abeg let me speak my yoruba English in peace

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by Blacksavage: 2:29pm On May 04
Interesting... But English no be my papa language.. Na borrow language abeg...

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by Emekadollars(m): 2:29pm On May 04
Op. We should pronounce SUITE as SWEET Mtcheew. Please, please and please. Just leave me with my poor grammer.

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by TRCdesigns: 2:30pm On May 04
Quite educative. Thanks

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by Marvyx(m): 2:30pm On May 04
Thanks a lot OP

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by uniqUN(m): 2:30pm On May 04
Ok

Sachet : pronounce as 'sashey' not 'sachet'

The correct one no sweet for mouth at all. I still dey call my thing sachet abeg except if I'm talking with those who know grin

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by MissRaine69(f): 2:30pm On May 04
If you are going to make a valid point the first thing you need to do is to ensure there are no holes in what it is you are trying to put across
For example
“Some grammatical blunders to avoid”reads better as “Some grammatical errors to avoid”

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by Queenjuliette(f): 2:31pm On May 04
Abegiii leave Oyibo for Oyibo
Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by okenwaa(m): 2:32pm On May 04
Igbo izugbe for life.

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by iAudio: 2:32pm On May 04
Ok
Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by Opiletool(m): 2:32pm On May 04
No 9 is wrong. 'That' can also be used for human. It is 'which' that only applies for things and animals.

No 11. 'often', there is nothing wrong pronouncing the word with the /t/ sound being audible.

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by Kingluqman: 2:33pm On May 04
Ogbeni, leave that abeg.


Look around you, people dey make millions with many blunders wey you talk.


Peele olukoni agba grin

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by Alberttahir: 2:33pm On May 04
Good
Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by Amitez: 2:34pm On May 04
lonelydora:
English is not our language. Leave us alone, we understand ourselves with these 'blunders'. Whites do not even speak correctly sef.

Abeg, Let me come and be going. grin


Number 13 for is Ibadan people

Go on write in your language. Noone forced you to comment in English Language

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by tobstarizhia(m): 2:35pm On May 04
Rapmoney:
Some Grammatical Blunders You Should Avoid

We make some grammatical blunders everyday in our interactions with others. I once visited a private school and was disappointed that the instructors in the school were not laying a good foundation for sound grammar for the kids. Children are very sensitive to copying what they see or hear. Teachers in schools and parents at home should be mindful of this because kids copy a lot and are greatly prone to accept what they hear as correct.

Below are some grammatical blunders we should avoid while speaking, especially, to kids:

1) 'Stop matching me' (WRONG).
Instead, say ' Stop stepping on me'. To 'match'
means to walk with quick calculated steps in unison
by a group of people, especially, in the military.

2) 'He is my junior brother' (WRONG).
Instead, they 'He is my younger brother'.

3) 'On my way to Lagos, I'll branch my sister's house'
(WRONG). Instead, say 'On my way to Lagos, I'll visit
my sister or I'll go to my sister's house'. There's no
verb as 'branch' in English which means the same
thing intended by the speaker.

4) 'I saw your missed calls' (WRONG).
Instead, say 'I missed your calls'. The calls were
missed because you didn't pick or not disposed to
do that.

5) 'He is drinking mineral' (WRONG).
Instead, say 'He is drinking mineral water or soda'.
Minerals are natural deposits, they are not foods or
beverages.

6) 'My car is more better than yours' (WRONG).
Instead, say 'My car is better than yours'. MORE and
BETTER are both comparative adjectives. Two
comparative adjectives are not used in same
sentence.

7) 'On the long run' (WRONG).
instead, say 'In the long run'.

8. 'Either Bisi or Ade are coming' (WRONG).
Instead, say 'Either Bisi or Ade is coming'. There are
two subjects in the sentence but only one person will be coming which makes it singular. Remember, 'IS' is a singular verb while 'ARE' is a plural verb.

9) 'Those are the men that caught the thieves'
(WRONG).
Instead, say 'Those are the men who caught the
thieves. 'WHO' and 'THAT' are relative pronouns
in this context. While 'who' is used for humans, 'that'
is used for things and animals.

10) 'They are discussing about the weather' (WRONG).
Instead, say 'They are discussing the weather.

The rest are more of Oral English, Phonics or Speech. That's speaking right.

11) OFTEN, LISTEN - Pronounce them without the letter 'T'. Such as 'ofen' and 'lisen'.
12) PERFECT - Pronounce it as 'pefekt' and not 'pafekt'
13) ATE (past tense of eat) - Pronounce it as 'et' not 'hate'.
14) MARKET, POCKET, BUCKET, ROCKET, etc - Pronounce them as 'markit', 'pockit', 'buckit' and 'rockit'.
15) BUS - It's pronounced correctly as 'bas'.
16) SUITE (in hotels) - Pronounce it as 'sweet' and not 'suit'.
17) EXAMPLE, EXAMINATION - Pronounce them as 'eexample' and 'eexamination' respectively.
18) MILD - Pronounce it as 'mald'.
19) NEEDED (past tense of need) - Pronounce it as 'needid'.
20) COME - Pronounce it as 'cam'.

For those taking IELTS, TOEFL and other English proficiency tests, you need to pay particular attention to the LISTENING SECTION. You may easily misunderstand the speaker if you don't pay attention to things you think do not matter.

We all have an opportunity to learn everyday. Strive to learn new things everyday.

God bless you.




March and Match are not the same words. March means to walk with long quick steps. match is a pairing of sorts.
while teaching on English grammar you made a blunder yourself.
please know enough to tell the difference between March and match next time.

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Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by tohyorsih2(f): 2:37pm On May 04
cheesy
Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by kenzosky: 2:38pm On May 04
Number 2 is wrong.
Re: Some Grammatical Blunders To Avoid by Westsida: 2:38pm On May 04
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