Hello, you are welcome to this week’s edition of ‘WatchYourGrammar’, your guide to correct grammar with Gird Center. Last week, we looked at the difference between two adjectives: ENORMOUS AND ENORMITY.

These words can cause some challenges for Ghanaian speakers of English as some assume that ENORMOUS is synonymous to ENORMITY. ENORMOUS and ENORMITY are different in meaning so they cannot be used interchangeably.

ENORMOUS means ‘extraordinarily large in size, extent, amount, power or degree’.

This is how ENORMOUS can be used correctly:

‘Mansa Musa carried an ENORMOUS amount of gold with him on his pilgrimage to Mecca’.

Enormity on the other hand is the ‘quality of being outrageous’; it also refers to the ‘quality of extreme wickedness’. This is how ENORMITY can be used correctly in a sentence:

‘The ENORMITY of the Rwandan Genocide shook the world’.

Always remember that, ‘ENORMITY’ is closer in meaning to ‘extremely outrageous or extremely wicked’ than it is to ‘very large size’.

Wednesday’s lesson concerned the actual meaning of AMORAL. How do you use AMORAL in your sentences? AMORAL is an adjective; it is not synonymous to immoral. It means ‘an action, or a person that is neither moral nor immoral’. Below are two examples of how AMORAL can be used.

‘Scientists try to be amoral about their inventions’

And the other example: ‘you can’t have ethical arguments with Kwasi, he is AMORAL’.

Our last lesson for the week was on the Ghanaian expression ‘IT IS ABOUT STARTING’ and how it is often misused in everyday parlance. ‘IT IS ABOUT STARTING’ is often used to convey the meaning that an occasion is yet to begin. Starting in ‘IT IS ABOUT STARTING’ indicates a continuous action or an action in motion. It is therefore redundant to qualify it with ‘about’. You can simply say ‘the wedding will start soon’.

Here are three examples of an alternative way of saying ‘IT IS ABOUT STARTING’.

Example 1: Today is Friday, my exciting weekend is about to start.

Example 2: You are so late, the program will start soon.

Example 3:  You’re right on time; the groom’s speech starts in a minute

That’s it for this week’s summary of #WatchYourGrammar; don’t hesitate to send us your feedback, questions and contributions. We’d love to hear from you. Do watch your grammar in the course of the week!

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