OPINION: We don’t choose election nomination varieties; we choose them UP



By Abdi Sultani

We now have a few gems we unearthed from the June 20–26 version of the main regional weekly. Says the opinion scribbler in his intro paragraph: “For even US laymen, know that justice delayed is justice delayed.”

Sounds okay, nevertheless it isn’t. Utilizing the pronoun “us” on this sentence is defective as a result of it can’t take the verb “know”. That’s, you received’t get the nod should you mentioned: “Us know that…” The suitable pronoun, due to this fact, ought to have been “we”: “For even WE laymen know that justice delayed is justice delayed.”

In the identical good piece, the scribbler writes: “A while in the past, a CAR was ROBBED, then recovered and stored at a police station within the metropolis….”

A automobile was robbed? Nope! We now have famous on this column a zillion instances earlier than, that individuals don’t rob issues. Reasonably, persons are robbed of their issues. It means, our colleague ought to have knowledgeable his readers that “a automobile was STOLEN.” Or, if he had to make use of the verb “rob”, come rain come shine, then he ought to have written: “A sure metropolis resident WAS ROBBED OF his automobile…”

Then, the Friday, June 26 version of the tabloid that’s carefully related to this columnist had a narrative on Web page 11 entitled, ‘Lord Eyes tries to clear his title’. Therein, the scribbler wrote: “Lord Eyes says it wasn’t his want to let Ray C go as a result of he really cherished her. Nevertheless, Lord Eyes says Ray C was very a really JEALOUSY girl…”

Jealousy girl? No, siree! And the reason being, “jealousy” is a noun, similar to “girl” is, and nouns can’t qualify one another. A noun can solely be certified by an adjective. Which is why the sentence in query needs to be rewritten to learn: “Nevertheless, Lord Eyes says Ray C was very a JEALOUS girl…”


Come Saturday, June 27, and Bongo’s senior-most broadsheet had a narrative on Web page 1 working to Web page 3, entitled, ‘College charges directives issued’. On this one, our scribbling colleague, whereas purporting to cite the training minister, wrote thus: “Faculties ought to add two hours each day of their timetable (sic!) to compensate the time college students spent at dwelling in order that they COULD BE ABLE to cowl all of the syllabi inside time…”

Might be ready? That is the previous tense for “could be ready”, proper? Allow us to remind colleagues once more, that “can” means precisely the identical factor as “give you the chance”. Now once we make the utterance “can ready/might be ready” we find yourself responsible of tautological illiteracy. Why, we give our viewers the impression we don’t know the that means of the phrases we’re utilizing!

One thing else is price noting on the identical web page, and that’s from a caption thus written: “The minister for Minerals, Mr Doto Biteko, cuts A ribbon to sign the launch of the ninth and 10th Tanzania Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (TEITI) reviews…”

Allow us to level out that the minister is just not chopping a ribbon; he’s chopping THE ribbon. Why, it’s the solely ribbon that might be reduce within the context of launching the large TEITI report. There’s completely no chance of the minister transferring on to a different place to chop one other ribbon to indicate the launch of the identical TEITI report.

It’s in the identical gentle we frequently inform our colleagues that when, say, the President is launching the beginning if a serious construction, he lays THE (not A) basis stone.

Web page four of the identical broadsheet has one other story with the headline, ‘Tamwa hails three ladies for vying for presidency’. In his last-but-one paragraph, the scribbler, purporting to cite the senior-most Tamwa boss within the magical Clove Isles, writes the next: “Because the train to gather nomination varieties continues in Zanzibar, Tamwa-Zanzibar needs to see extra ladies from Chama Cha Mapinduzi PICKING nomination varieties…”

Selecting varieties? Nope! The transfer by the 30-plus Zanzibar Ikulu aspirants, together with ladies whose quantity had risen to 5 on the time we had been submitting this piece, needs to be referred to choosing UP (not simply choosing) nomination varieties. Why, to “choose” means choosing one factor from selections which can be out there. Decide up means to carry one thing/somebody off from the place it/he’s mendacity or positioned.

Ah, this treacherous language known as English!



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