You’re welcome to another week on WatchYourGrammar, your guide to correct grammar with Gird Center. Our very first lesson from the previous week was on the distinction between two modal auxiliaries, WOULD and WILL.

Aside establishing the differences between these two verbs, we also identified the right context in which either of them can be used. First of all, we agreed that WILL and WOULD cannot be used interchangeably. This is because WILL and WOULD are different in many ways. One of the basic differences is this: WOULD is the past tense of WILL. Secondly, WILL is used in references to the future, while WOULD is used in reference to the past

For example, we say: “I WILL come to your house tomorrow” not “I WOULD come to your house tomorrow.”  It will be incorrect to say “I WOULD come to your house tomorrow” because WILL is the appropriate auxiliary for references to the future, not WOULD.

On the second lesson, we discussed the diverse uses to which the verb ANTICIPATE could be put. ANTICIPATE is often used as a synonym of EXPECT. For example ‘we are anticipating a storm tonight’. A point often overlooked is that ANTICIPATE doesn’t just mean EXPECT. Take a look at this sentence for example:

“When Amu’s father went to the UK, Amu drove his most prized car into a wall. As a result, Amu is not anticipating his father’s return.”

In this sentence, we can deduce that Amu expects his father’s return; he knows the exact time his father will get back. He just isn’t ANTICIPATING his return. In another usage, ANTICIPATE also means ‘to make a PREDICTION’.

E.g. ‘Yaw was right; he anticipated that the elections would go in his favour’.

Friday’s lesson –the  last one for the week–  was on the Ghanaianism “MUST TO”. Just like Esi, some Ghanaians are tempted to add ‘TO’ to ‘MUST’. It is incorrect to follow MUST with the preposition ‘TO’. ‘TO’ doesn’t make MUST any more emphatic. The verb MUST implies ‘TO DO SOMETHING’. ‘MUST TO’ then is tautological.
Here’s a hint: MUST means “to do with certainty”; MUST is an imperative which makes an action a necessary one. When I say, for example, that ‘you MUST come for my matriculation’, I means that it is ABSOLUTELY IMPORTANT that you come.

Do keep this in mind: You do not need a ‘TO’ in emphasizing the importance of an action, MUST is emphatic enough.

That’s all for last week’s summary of WatchYourGrammar; we look forward to your continual feedback and interactions.

GirdCenter WeWRITEWeEDITWeTRAIN. Until next week, do watch your grammar!


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