Use ‘like’ as an adjective, noun or preposition only
Among other issues, let us take a look at the word ‘like’. Ideally, ‘like’ is used as a preposition, noun or as an adjective. For example, ‘He runs like a gazelle’, ‘you can’t help but like his good manners’, ‘John and Joseph are like minded individuals’. The word ‘like’ should not be used as a subordinating conjunction (word that joins dependent and subordinate clauses). As previously discussed, a preposition is a word governing a noun or pronoun and which expresses a relationship. For example, ‘The man on John’s left’. Here, the preposition is ‘on’. Other commonly used prepositions include ‘about’, ‘during’, ‘until’ ‘as’, ‘in’, ’since’, ‘by’, ‘to’ and ‘like’.
In day to day conversations, some people put the word ‘like’ in the place of coordinating conjunction ‘as’. One of the common mistakes, and which largely goes unnoticed is to utter the words; “Like I was saying before I was interrupted”. That is ungrammatical. In the place of the word ‘like’, it is advisable to use ‘as’: “As I was saying before I was interrupted”.
When does a fact become untrue? For data, claim or statement to become a fact, it must have been verified. The contradiction in the aforesaid statement cannot therefore be missed. The primary meaning of fact is ‘something that is known to be true’. Of course, there are other meanings attached to the word, which include reference to specific situations. An example in this case is, “despite the fact that he was under anesthesia, he remained conscious”, “despite the fact that Mr Miguna Miguna is a Kenyan by birth, the Government regards him an alien because of his dual citizenship”. Media interviews
The other interesting thing that happened last week was a ceremony in which one man wedded two women at the same time. Apart from the audacity of the act, some television stations prominently displayed the wordings ‘ Maasai man marries two women’. The question arises; did the Maasai man actually marry two women at the same time? Follow-up media interviews with the brides negate this notion. The offending word is ‘marry’. The Maasai man was already married by the time he decided to conduct the wedding.
To marry is to officially get into a long-term relationship with a partner of the opposite sex following courtship. To wed is to conduct a public ceremony to affirm a marriage. In most cases, marrying and wedding happen simultaneously. In the case above, was it fake news or simply a lackadaisical approach to detail? Given the vital role of the media to inform and educate, such lapses have a negative effect on learners. Mr Chagema is a correspondent at The [email protected]