THIS WEEK ON WATCH YOUR GRAMMAR ‘ANXIOUS ABOUT THE SHE’S IN THE PERSON OFS’

Good day everyone, you’re welcome once again to our weekly summary of Watch Your Grammar with Gird Center. We have discussed three major topics over the past week. In our first lesson, we addressed the differences between two phrasal verbs, SUITABLE FOR and SUITED TO. First of all, we established that SUITABLE FOR and SUITED TO cannot be used interchangeably. Here’s why: ‘SUITED’ expresses a specific judgement and the more direct preposition ‘to’ is therefore appropriate. This is an example of how SUITED TO can be used in a sentence, ‘He was not well SUITED TO such a life’.

On the other hand, ‘SUITABLE’ is a more general judgement and the less definite preposition ‘for’ is appropriate. An example is ‘that heavy pot is not SUITABLE FOR making pancakes.’ Here’s a hint, ‘SUITED’ is often used to express a judgement about a person, while ‘SUITABLE’ often refers to something we use.

 

In addition to SUITABLE FOR and SUITED TO, we also discussed the true meaning of the adjective ANXIOUS. In Ghana, most speakers of English often use ‘ANXIOUS’ as a synonym of ‘EAGER’. The resulting sentence from this perception of ANXIOUS as a synonym of EAGER will be in this form: “I am anxious for EL’s performance at the Awards Show”. What this sentence really means is this: “I am eager for EL’s performance at the Awards Show”.

In proper usage, ANXIOUS does not mean EAGER. ANXIOUS means ‘an anticipation of something bad’.

Here’s one way to know that you are using ‘ANXIOUS’ correctly. ANXIOUS is the adjectival form of the noun ‘ANXIETY’. ‘ANXIETY’ is an unpleasant emotion. Unless you suspect that something will go terribly wrong at the Awards Show, you shouldn’t have any reason to be ANXIOUS about it. Always remember that ANXIOUS is not synonymous to EAGER.

The final topic we treated in the previous week was Esi’s use of the phrase “she is in the person of…” in the introduction of people at functions. This phrase is not grammatically wrong. It is however unnecessary for Esi to precede her introductions with “she is in the person of”. Why shouldn’t Esi bother preceding her introductions with ‘she is in the person of…? The reason is simple; the speaker IS DEFINITELY A PERSON so it will be unnecessary to reiterate that point. Similarly, the use of the phrase “she is in the person of…” isn’t only clichéd; it is stating the obvious. What Esi should say in formal settings is: “Let’s welcome the speaker for the day, she is Ms. Mensah”.

That’s all for last week’s summary of Watch Your Grammar; until next week, do watch your grammar!

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