Welcome to the summary for the previous week’s WatchYourGrammar lessons. WatchYourGrammar is brought to you by GirdCenter, your guide to correct grammar in English. We begin by looking at Monday’s lesson; it was a discussion on the difference between the nouns “PRICE” and “PRIZE.” These words are often used interchangeably, it is however incorrect to use “PRICE” in place of “PRIZE” since the words are different in meaning.

“PRICE” is a noun. It is the descriptive term for the amount of money needed to purchase something. Here’s how we can use PRICE correctly in a sentence: “What is the PRICE of a bag of rice?”

“PRIZE” is a noun as well. It is something given for victory in a contest or competition; it is also what you get for winning a lottery.

Example: She won the Caine “PRIZE” for African writing in 2012 #WatchYourGrammar

“PRICE” and “PRIZE” are pronounced differently; they cannot be used interchangeably because they have different meanings.

Wednesday’s word for discussion was the adjective “NEW AGE.” What do you think is the actual meaning of “NEW AGE?”
“NEW AGE” is a modern spiritual and religious movement that developed towards the end of the 20th century.

This is how it can be used correctly in a sentence: “The ‘NEW AGE’ movement is characterized by spirituality and mysticism.”

Remember, “NEW AGE” does not mean modern or contemporary. Since NEW AGE is not synonymous to modern, it will be incorrect to say “Spoken word is a NEW AGE kind of poetry.”

Our last lesson for the week was on the term “FOURSQUARE.” Esi asked her son Kojo to pick up her phone for her from the dining hall. She told Kojo that the phone was on the “FOURSQUARE” fridge. What does Esi mean by “FOURSQUARE?”

In casual Ghanaian parlance, a “FOURSQUARE” is a square. In formal communication, Esi cannot call a square a “FOURSQUARE.”
It isn’t necessary to add “FOUR” to “SQUARE”; most people already know that squares are four-sided.

That’s all for today’s lesson; enjoy the rest of the day. Our Fiction Workshop with Prof. Ama Ata Aidoo and Dr. Martin Egblewogbe was epic! This Saturday is Creative Nonfiction with Mr. Kobby Graham & Prof Esi Sutherland-Addy. Click on this link to register to be part of the Workshop or call 0206646652 for more information

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