2015: No gang up (gang-up) against Jega-Ondo RECNiger, Chad troops launch ground, air strike against Boko Haram International news: Nigerien, Chadian troopsFlying Eagles (by the way, are there eagles that do not fly') start off on bright note, silences (why') Junior LionsNational Mirror of February 16 comes next this week with four blunders: does the situation in Anambra State justify the huge resources that has (have) come into the state since then'Yero deploys security operatives to (in) Southern Kaduna.So it is high time Nigeria begins (began) to. Put differently, it is time Nigeria begins to.Suarez: biting more than he can chew This way, ThisDay: biting off more than he can chew.Aregbesolas phone thief bags 45 years jail All the Facts, All the Sides: 45 years jail termLawmakers pass vote of confidence on (in) Ikuforiji Confidence in (not on) somebody-the passing should not confuse anyone. For those who may not know, Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji is the speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.The issue of who occupies what political position in the country and under (on) which platform appears.In advanced (an advanced) democracy like the US.Dearth of funding slow job creation efforts Business & Finance: slows down job-creation effortsThe Alade Market incidence (incident).Unknown gunmen raid bank, kill three policemen, two others Yank off unknown!The same pattern of foreign excesses and Nigerian laxity obtains when the operations of some foreign firms in Nigeria is (are) considered.Minister commissions (inaugurates) Kwali micro-finance bankZonal election into sports federations hold (holds) todayThe NGF election has polarized the 36 states (state) governors into two (sic) camps. Just camps!I had lot of contracts with many corporate organizations. Global soccer: a lot of contracts or lots of contracts (depending on context).But industrial relations experts are apprehensive that currently the rate of strikes are (is) undeniably alarming.Strike actions: Lawful but inexpedient We certainly do not need action here. Simply strike. All strikes are action-based.I am looking forward to the next Igbo summit to comprise of all the Igbo-speaking fragments irrespective of where they are located. In order not to abort the language dream, delete the first of and move to the next two errors from the same medium (name withheld like Nigerian newspaper reportage!).And in Nigeria, subsequent military regimes which held sway finally culminated into (in) the most dreaded era of military rule in the countrythe Sani Abacha years.No wonder therefore that every inaction of these elected leaders only seek (seeks) to further entrench and protect the many years of brigandage on this nation.Its diverse composition reflected in (on) how its.FEEDBACKTHE copy on Jimi Agbaje is in order.Busines as an important matter to be dealt with is uncountable. Cheers. (Intervention by CHARLES IYOHA, 09099879033)COLUMNISTS COMMENT: Your observation is supported by the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary, International Students Edition. But, the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, New Edition for Advanced Learners, describes business as a MATTER (singular) means a situation or an activity, especially one that you have a particular opinion about or attitude towards: serious/strange/funny, etc business. Example: Leo considers keeping fit as a serious business. (Reactions are welcome).Now a repeat of last weeks copy in question: Taking care of Lagos is serious (a serious) business. (Centrespread Advertorial by #LAGOSFORYOU, The PUNCH, March 4) STILL on homophones or words that sound alike but have different meanings, the Sport & Style Section of The Nation, January 11, Page 34, quoted Daniel Amokachi in the third column as saying: Then the issue of jet became everyday discuss (did the interviewer meanDISCOURSE' Lord, have mercy!) in Nigeria when it was reported that I bought a private jet.Second, a senior staff and hard-working staff (an employee, worker or staffer in American usage) died in a gas explosion with his wife at UNIBEN, courtesy The Nation, March 8, Page 8. The word staff is a collection of workers, not a singular noun.In its cover story on Marital Infidelity on Pages 11-13, Saturday Vanguard, March 7, was not sure of the correctness of truly as used on the Front Page or truely on Page 11. Please note: truly is right, no e.INECs public service announcement on radio states that the general elections is here again. The verb is should read are because elections is plural: Presidential, National Assembly, Governorship and State Houses of Assembly polls. (Contributed by KOLA DANISA, 07068074257)Artist or artiste'ARTIST and artiste are liable to be confused. An artist refers to a person who paints or draws. E.g. Twin Seven-Seven was a great artist. This word may also refer to a person who is skilled in something. The mechanic is a real artist with an engine.An artiste refers to an entertainer, such as a singer or a dancer, e.g. a list of the artistes in the musical performances.However, the word (artiste) is becoming a little old-fashioned, or obsolescent.In the 21st Century, anybody who has a musical talent is an artist (not an artiste)! E.g. for Donna Summer the best safeguard for the artist in her own somewhat shambolic world lies in a personal relationship with God, she says, whatever kind of musical star she may be, an artist is not a spiritual superstar. Thank you. 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