Hello there, you’re welcome to yet another edition of the week’s summary of WatchYourGrammar, your guide to correct grammar with Gird Center. Do you think ‘HOSTILE’ and ‘UNFRIENDLY’ have the same meaning? Are all UNFRIENDLY people HOSTILE? On Monday, we learned that ‘UNFRIENDLY’ and ‘HOSTILE’ do not have the same meaning.

‘UNFRIENDLY’ is the exact opposite of friendly. ‘UNFRIENDLY’ people do not yield themselves to friendship. For example: Mansa is wary of getting her heart broken; that makes her very ‘UNFRIENDLY’.

On the other hand, when a person (or a situation) is HOSTILE, he/she is characterized by enmity or ill will. E.g. during the Biafran WAR, there were HOSTILE relations between the Southerners and Northerners in Nigeria.

In understanding the difference between these two adjectives, remember that ‘HOSTILITY’, unlike ‘UNFRIENDLINESS’, can be accompanied by violence.

Wednesday’s lesson concerned the actual meaning of the adjective ‘CHILLING’. We learned that ‘CHILLING’ is an adjective, not a verb as it is often used in Ghana. ‘CHILLING’ means “provoking fear or terror”. A ‘CHILLING’ story is a scary or alarming story.

‘CHILLING’ can be used correctly in this manner: ‘Manu told me the most CHILLING story of a couple who ate their infant offspring’. Here’s a HINT: The synonyms of CHILLING include ALARMING, SCARY, GRUESOME etc

Friday’s lesson was a continuation of the discussion on ‘CHILLING’. We identified that CHILLING is often used as a verb in Ghanaian sentences. When Esi says ‘You’re CHILLING’ she means ‘you’re having a good time’.

The standard meaning of CHILLING is not ‘having fun; it does not mean one is having the time of their lives’.

In formal settings, Esi ought to say ‘I met Ama at the pub; she was having a really good time’.

Do you have “CHILLING” plans for tonight? Keep it informal, because ‘CHILLING’ is Ghanaianism for ‘having fun’.

See you again next week, and remember to watch your grammar.



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