Hello, did you know that the verb “AGREE” has at least 6 different meanings depending on the preposition it is used with? That was one of the things we learned on the previous week’s edition of Watch Your Grammar, brought to you by Gird Center. On Monday, we learned that there is a difference between the phrases “AGREE ON” and “AGREE TO”.
To “AGREE ON” a matter is to come to a settlement on how that matter should be handled. For example ‘The strike still continues. The government and the labour force could not “AGREE ON” a satisfactory minimum wage.’
On the other hand, to “AGREE TO” something is to give your consent or permission to a particular action. Example, ‘Mensah’s father AGREED TO let him sleep over at Braimoh’s house.’
Wednesday’s lesson was about the actual meaning of the noun “STORYBOOK”. A “STORYBOOK” is a book containing a collection of stories, especially for children. Books for young adults and adults can properly be referred to as a “NOVEL.”
The sentence “Chinua Achebe’s first STORYBOOK is Things Fall Apart” is not exactly correct. This is because the book in question is a novel.
Remember, a “STORYBOOK” is essentially a book of stories for children.
On Friday, our final lesson for the week, we discussed what it is Esi means when she says “much I DO about nothing”
The idiomatic expression “much ADO about nothing” means “A lot of fuss about something trivial.”
Idioms are often fixed in meaning; usually they cannot be changed at a whim to suit the speaker’s intent.
It will be incorrect for Esi to say “without MUCH I DO I will invite Aso to the table”.
The right expression is “MUCH ADO”, and not “MUCH I DO”.
That’s all for this week’s summary of the lessons that were discussed on Watch Your Grammar, enjoy the rest of the week.