Hello there, you’re welcome again to our weekly summary of WatchYourGrammar with Gird Center. We hope you had a really good week. Last week on WatchYourGrammar, we discussed the true meaning of the word AGGRAVATE. What exactly do we mean when we say AGGRAVATE?
To “AGGRAVATE” a situation is to make it worse. That is the primary usage of AGGRAVATE.

For example, ‘Judith aggravated the quarrel by setting fire to Jojo’s clothes’.

In a secondary usage, ‘AGGRAVATE’ can also mean ‘to annoy’. In Ghanaian usage, we often forget that the primary meaning of “AGGRAVATE” is ‘to make worse’. More often than not, we restrict the meaning of aggravate to ‘annoy’. Imagine how rich our language would be if we made good use of ‘AGGRAVATE’ in its original sense.


We also tried to decipher what Esi means when she says ‘I am going to come’. Most Ghanaians probably understand what Esi means when she says ‘Save that cloth for me, Auntie Mary. I am going to come’. But what should Esi say in formal settings? In formal settings Esi should say “I’ll be back soon” if she desires to communicate clearly. Alternatively, she could say, ‘I’ll be back in 5 minutes, Mr. Brown’. Imagine this scenario. Esi needs to make a transaction at her bank. When she arrives, her banker tells her she will need to present her passport before the transaction can be processed. What Esi should say is ‘I will be back later with my passport’, not ‘I’m going to come’.

That’s all for this week’s summary of WatchYourGrammar; until next week, do watch your grammar!


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