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Welcome to Session 5 of the series. Let us begin with the exercise in Session 4. By the way, we’d like to salute those who attempted the exercise and sent their answers to editor@newsplus.ng. Hope you found our feedback useful.  Exercise...
Hello and welcome to SESSION 2 of NewsPlus Editorial Conference. Have you done session 1 exercise? If you have, please share in the Comments Section at the bottom of this page so others may learn from you. The topic for...
In response to popular demand, we continue our series on Wrong or Frequently Misused Expressions. Instead for her to greet the boss she frowned. (Insubordination!) Instead (in place of; as a substitute; alternative or preference) collocates correctly with the preposition of....
  We resume with a Special Edition of Editorial Conference contributed by a veteran in the business.       We should pray without seizing. (By fire by force!) Cease /’si:s/ and seize /’si:z/ sound the same but are not pronounced the same way...
I called the police to diffuse the bomb so people won’t die. (Murderer!) Malapropism again! This is the opposite of what is intended. To diffuse is to spread, distribute, circulate, etc. To defuse is to remove the fuse (from...
Hello there! Hope you enjoyed our Special Edition. We return to our promise to examine causes of and remedies for Ambiguity in sentence construction. Ambiguity is vagueness, doubt, haziness or uncertainty of the meaning of what is said or written....
    We continue with Wrong Expressions: Thank God for a brown new month. (What about yellow moon?) This is a case of malapropism. The intended word in the compound adjective is brand, which sounds in a way like brown. Brand-new means completely...
As promised in Session 5, we continue with Frequently Misused Words and Phrases.   Please, what says your time? (In what language?) This is vernacular. It is a direct translation of how people request to know the time in many local...
Session 7 ended with a promise to tackle those “troublesome tiny words in the English Language”. Here we go: Basically, Prepositions are words that indicate direction, position, time, or location. Common prepositions include words like in, on, to, from, of,...
SESSION 2 received considerable feedback. One participant suggested that the rampant use of pleonasms (excessive words) by Nigerians to express themselves is symbolic of their wasteful nature. Well, I never thought of it like that but surely that’s food...