THIS WEEK ON WATCH YOUR GRAMMAR- “SHALL WE LAND?”

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“Let me land, let me land!!”

Hello there, welcome to the week’s summary of WatchYourGrammar, your guide to correct grammar with Gird Centre. In the previous week, we looked at the difference between the verbs ‘JUBILATE’ and ‘CELEBRATE’. Yes, you can say ‘yay’ to both verbs, but they are not totally synonymous.

‘CELEBRATE’ is more complex word than ‘JUBILATE’. If we were to draw diagrams, ‘JUBILATE’ would be a subset of ‘CELEBRATE’. To CELEBRATE is to ‘mark an occasion’.

For example ‘they celebrated their tenth anniversary’.

When used in this sense, ‘CELEBRATE’ cannot be a synonym of JUBILATE. This is because ‘JUBILATE’ means ‘rejoice or make merry’

Here’s a hint if you’re confused: ‘JUBILATE’ is one of the things you do when you are ‘CELEBRATE’.

CELEBRATE has other meanings aside ‘marking an occasion’. One such meaning of CELEBRATE is ‘assign great importance to something’.

Here’s an example of how CELEBRATE can be used to mean ‘assign great importance to’: ‘Wole Soyinka is a CELEBRATED African dramatist’

From our lesson, we can see that CELEBRATE isn’t so synonymous to JUBILATE after all; and that’s how we ended Monday’s edition of WatchYourGrammar

On Wednesday, we discussed the true meaning of the adjective “EXPLICIT”. “EXPLICIT” is not synonymous to “sexual”. “EXPLICIT” means “clearly communicated; leaving nothing to implication”.

For example: The manual provides ‘EXPLICIT’ instructions on how to operate a microwave.

When we say a movie is ‘EXPLICIT’, it means that the language, scenes, sexual content, etc. leave nothing to implication. When we want to use “EXPLICIT” to mean sexually graphic, it is better to qualify it with the adverb ‘sexually’

E.g ‘This movie is sexually EXPLICIT’.

We should also note that horror movies and movies that contain violent scenes can also be described as EXPLICIT. The movie Orphan, for example, has explicit scenes in terms of violence.

Finally, we took a look Esi’s Ghanaian phrase, ‘Let me land’. You see, Esi is Ghanaian and she likes to say “let me land” anytime someone interrupts her speech. Outside the borders of Ghana, her expression may be misunderstood .What should Esi say in formal settings in place of “Let me land”?

She can say “can I finish making my point?”

Alternatively, she can say “I wasn’t done with what I was saying”

That’s it for the summary of last week’s lessons. See you again next week for another edition. Remember to watch your grammar.

 

 

 

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