Hello again; welcome to yet another week on Watch  Your Grammar, your guide to correct grammar with Gird Center. In the previous week we continued with our lesson on the proper use of the modal auxiliaries WOULD and WILL. It is important to always remember that WOULD is the past tense of WILL. The other thing to remember is that WILL is used in reference to what we believe will happen in the future. Such statements are predictive in nature.

Here’s an example of such a statement, “I’ll have a child by 2023”.

In contrast, WOULD is used for hypothetical situations. Hypothetical situations are speculative; you imagine that they could happen but there is no evidence to say for sure that it will happen. Hypothetical statements are not the same as predictive statements. For hypothetical situations, WOULD is the appropriate auxiliary. Take a look at this example “If you had Hulk’s superpowers, WOULD you join the military”? Remember, WILL is for beliefs or predictions. WOULD on the hand is for hypothetical sentences.

In addition to our lesson on WOULD and WILL, there was a discussion on the actual meaning of the adjective NOTORIOUS. What do we really mean when we say ‘Ofoe is  NOTORIOUS with the ladies?”

Do we merely mean that Ofoe is famous, or do we mean something else? A common assumption amongst some speakers of Ghanaian English is that notorious is a synonym for FAMOUS. NOTORIOUS means “to be generally known and talked of, especially for something bad.” It does not exactly mean FAMOUS. NOTORIOUS goes beyond mere fame.

This is an example of the correct use of NOTORIOUS. “Dela is notorious for her violent outbursts”

Do keep in mind that NOTORIOUS is not the same as FAMOUS.

We will see you again next week on Watch Your Grammar; we look forward to your feedback and your interactions. Don’t forget to watch your grammar! Happy Eid!!

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