Subject must always agree with predicate

The hype that coronavirus has received is intense, and so has the attendant fear. When it was first reported in Wuhan, China in December...

Do not refer to people as ‘that’, use pronouns

Ironically, while trying to enthusiastically correct Kenya’s collective mainstream media, the Media Observer makes more grammatical errors in a single issue than the media...

‘Including’ does not refer to identical things

Inter alia, the Media Observer, Kenya’s media watchdog publication had this to say of a passage culled from a local newspaper: “Accompanied by several...

The paradox of ‘how do you do’ greeting

The number and letter combination ‘5W1H’ is not an M-Pesa or scientific code. It is representative of the five-question words; who, what, when where...

Use homonyms well to deliver right message

In life and in death, Kenya’s second and longest-serving president mesmerized a number of people. The multitudes that thronged Parliament Buildings to view Daniel...

How to use ‘remain’ and ‘stay’ correctly

For a long time, BBI has been a catchword in Kenya. It is the acronym for Building Bridges Initiative, a political ideology crafted in...

Sometimes synonyms can distort meaning

A synonym is defined as ‘a word or phrase that means exactly or nearly the same as another word or phrase in the same...

When, how and where to use over and above

While going through some passages last week, two grammatical constructions caught my attention. They were; “...six months after’ and “An officer over the rank...

‘Online’ and ‘on the line’ are unrelated

Of the five human senses; touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste, only sight can be interfered with by the function of the brain. You...

Individuals gain, put on weight or simply run to fat, they don’t grow fat

A few days before Christmas last year, many employees took brief breaks to be with family over the festive period. It wasn’t any different...

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