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10 COMMON ENGLISH SENTENCES THAT CAN MAKE YOU APPEAR AS A 'QUARTER-BAKED 'GRADUATE
10 Common English Sentences That Can Make You Appear As A 'quarter-baked 'graduate...
I know even educated people commit grammatical blunders sometimes but there are grammatical blunders that are just so outrageous and shameful at the same time, when they come right out of the mouths of supposed 'graduates 'from tertiary institutions!
If you have been guilty of the following as regard spoken English, then you have clearly moved from being a 'Half-baked 'graduate to a 'Quarter-baked 'graduate!!!
1) 'You are smarting'...I heard a guy at a plaza who claimed to be a graduate saying this! Gush! Being smart is very different from being fast or slick. By the way, there's no verb such as 'smarting 'in English language which means the same thing as what this young man was trying to say!
2) 'You are showing yourself'...just like the one above, how can someone be 'showing 'himself/herself? So human being don turn movie? Na wa o!
3) 'Oya, come and go'...two opposite verbs. You are telling the person to come and at the same time, to go! Again, what's the meaning of 'Oya'?
4) 'My body is scratching me'...your body can only itch you and not scratch. You scratch when you use your fingers to stroke a surface roughly! Lol!
5) 'My phone is 'more 'better than yours...this sentence can surely make you appear a 'quarter-bakie 'You can't use two comparative adjectives in a sentence! We have good, better, best. When you compare two things, the middle one which is 'better 'should be used so there's no need for 'more 'which is also a comparative adjective but goes with 'than'. As in 'more than '
6) 'Did she went to the market'?...as absurd as this sentence is, I have seen many 'graduates 'saying it! Two verbs with past tense form in the same sentence?
7) 'Ola, something is smelling. Can you hear it...ehen!!! 'HEAR'? English!!!
8. 'People has 'or 'she have'...'has 'is a singular auxiliary verb that goes with a singular subject while 'have 'is a plural auxiliary verb that goes with a plural subject.
9) 'They takes people for granted'...this one is common on NL. A plural subject does not go with a singular verb and vice versa. 'Take 'is plural and 'takes 'is singular which goes with a singular subject as well. Take note of 'They 'being a plural subject.
10) 'I am looking for Funmilayo'...you can't be looking for someone. Instead, say 'I am asking of Funmilayo'. You can only look for what is lost! It happens regularly when people go to check on others. We can only start looking for Funmilayo if she is declared missing!
I hope these help! We are all learning. It is only a foolish man that takes offence when he is corrected!
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