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40 Incorrect English Statements Nigerians Make by Bhams: 12:15am On Feb 24
Good day!
There are some English sentences we make in Nigeria that are incorrect.Hence, Knowing the correct sentences will be most beneficial to the reader.Below, are the common mistakes we make and their correct versions.See the statements below:
1.Wrong:The woman is under pregnancy.
Right: The woman is pregnant.
2.Wrong:The man gave a good lecture to the masses.
Right:The man delivered a good lecture to the masses.
3.Wrong:He is my senior brother.
Right:He is my elder brother.
4.Wrong:I want to cut my hair(barber my hair), I need a good barber.
Right:I want to have a haircut, I need a good barber.
5.Wrong:He delivered the speech without mixing words.
Right:He delivered the speech without mincing words.
6.Wrong:He drew the periodic table off head.
Right:He drew the periodic table offhand.
7.Wrong:She is my junior sister.
Right:She is my younger sister.
8.Wrong:You don't know how to hide secrets.
Right:You don't know how to keep secrets.
9.Wrong:She is the last born of my family.
Right:She is the last child of my family.
10.Wrong:We seriously need to hire a gate man.
Right:We seriously need to hire a gate keeper.
11.Wrong:Call a meeting of the shareholders.
Right:Summon a meeting of the shareholders.
12.Wrong:You guys are enjoying.
Right:You guys are enjoying yourselves.
13.Wrong:He had a very fatal injury.
Right: He had a serious injury.
14.Wrong:My is paining me.
Right:My leg is hurting me.
15.Wrong:I will give you the book next tomorrow.
Right:I will give you the book the day after tomorrow.

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Re: 40 Incorrect English Statements Nigerians Make by Neowanskywalker: 12:27am On Feb 24
OP. NO LIE. U COPY IT FOR ENGLISH COURSE TEXTBOOK. .
Re: 40 Incorrect English Statements Nigerians Make by 3gpvids: 1:14am On Feb 24
Abeg my leg is paining me,call our last born to inform my senior sister that the gateman's wife is under pregnancy and thus she should call a meeting with the neighbours



na me get the leg abeg

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Re: 40 Incorrect English Statements Nigerians Make by femi4: 7:37am On Feb 24
Let me barbering my head first
Re: 40 Incorrect English Statements Nigerians Make by shilenji(m): 8:50am On Feb 24
I want to cut my head , i need a good barber

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Re: 40 Incorrect English Statements Nigerians Make by Yewandequeen(f): 10:24am On Feb 24
Wrong:I am done

Right: I am through
Re: 40 Incorrect English Statements Nigerians Make by pozehnani(f): 11:33am On Feb 24
Your number 6 is wrong. There's nothing like
Offhand or offhead.
The right expression is " by heart".


The grammar in number 14 "my leg is hurting me" is also wrong. You shouldn't use "me" again after starting the sentence with "my".

It's either you say:
My leg Hurts or my leg is hurting.

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Re: 40 Incorrect English Statements Nigerians Make by pozehnani(f): 11:41am On Feb 24
shilenji:
I want to cut my head , i need a good barber

Lol ... At the bolded, it's a butcher you need, not a barber. grin

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Re: 40 Incorrect English Statements Nigerians Make by Kayberg(m): 12:30pm On Feb 24
Bhams:
Good day!
There are some English sentences we make in Nigeria that are incorrect.Hence, Knowing the correct sentences will be most beneficial to the reader.Below, are the common mistakes we make and their correct versions.See the statements below:
1.Wrong:The woman is under pregnancy.
Right: The woman is pregnant.
2.Wrong:The man gave a good lecture to the masses.
Right:The man delivered a good lecture to the masses.
3.Wrong:He is my senior brother.
Right:He is my elder brother.
4.Wrong:I want to cut my hair(barber my hair), I need a good barber.
Right:I want to have a haircut, I need a good barber.
5.Wrong:He delivered the speech without mixing words.
Right:He delivered the speech without mincing words.
6.Wrong:He drew the periodic table off head.
Right:He drew the periodic table offhand.
7.Wrong:She is my junior sister.
Right:She is my younger sister.
8.Wrong:You don't know how to hide secrets.
Right:You don't know how to keep secrets.
9.Wrong:She is the last born of my family.
Right:She is the last child of my family.
10.Wrong:We seriously need to hire a gate man.
Right:We seriously need to hire a gate keeper.
11.Wrong:Call a meeting of the shareholders.
Right:Summon a meeting of the shareholders.
12.Wrong:You guys are enjoying.
Right:You guys are enjoying yourselves.
13.Wrong:He had a very fatal injury.
Right: He had a serious injury.
14.Wrong:My is paining me.
Right:My leg is hurting me.
15.Wrong:I will give you the book next tomorrow.
Right:I will give you the book the day after tomorrow.

Despite the possible corrections, OP still made a mistake in 14.
14. Wrong: My _ is paining me. (What was paining you?)
Re: 40 Incorrect English Statements Nigerians Make by SegFault: 1:29pm On Feb 24
English na patch patch language, even in Britain, people from different regions speak it differently, though that under pregnancy one off me.
Re: 40 Incorrect English Statements Nigerians Make by 1Sharon(f): 2:37pm On Feb 24
Nigerian grammar irks, I don't know why they talk like that

South Africans, east africans and Ghanaians speak far better english
Re: 40 Incorrect English Statements Nigerians Make by Ryda(m): 6:53pm On Feb 24
shocked
Re: 40 Incorrect English Statements Nigerians Make by dboo442: 9:19pm On Feb 24
pls can do justice to this
Re: 40 Incorrect English Statements Nigerians Make by Liposure: 9:33pm On Feb 24
1Sharon:
Nigerian grammar irks, I don't know why they talk like that

South Africans, east africans and Ghanaians speak far better english
we can only try besides English is not our first language

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Re: 40 Incorrect English Statements Nigerians Make by 1Sharon(f): 9:35pm On Feb 24
Liposure:
we can only try besides English is not our first language

English is not the 1st language of Nigerians really? When it's the official language?
Re: 40 Incorrect English Statements Nigerians Make by Liposure: 9:53pm On Feb 24
1Sharon:


English is not the 1st language of Nigerians really? When it's the official language?
That's because we've failed to elevate our indigenious languages plus english is language of the white man.

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Re: 40 Incorrect English Statements Nigerians Make by MANNABBQGRILLS: 10:16am On Feb 26
Yewandequeen:

Wrong: I am done.

Right: I am through

Nice one Sisi Yewande.
You are mouthed.

Most people just learnt something new from you today.
Na only food dey done, no be human being.

Thanks, Sisi Yewande of God! wink

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Re: 40 Incorrect English Statements Nigerians Make by HellVictorinho(m): 12:21pm On Feb 26
1Sharon:
Nigerian grammar irks, I don't know why they talk like that

South Africans, east africans and Ghanaians speak far better english
How is your English?

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