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COMMONLY MISUSED ENGLISH WORDS, PHRASES, & TENSES, 8

March 6, 2021

(1) DO YOU SAY ‘ONE OF THE PERSONS I LOVE, OR ‘ONE OF THE PERSON I LOVE?

(2) NBB INFOTAINMENT: “ME NO LIKE” BY RAS KIMONO

This is “No Bullshiting”, by Harry Agina.

Greetings, folks!

Are you among the people who are confused about when to use plural or singular noun in a sentence that begins with the plural phrase, “ONE OF THE”? For example, do you say “John is one of the PERSONS that I love”? Or do you say “John is one the PERSON that I love”?

I will address this subject without ‘dogo turenchi’ (as the Hausa language of Nigeria puts it), meaning without long grammar. I won’t get into the complex matter of parts of speech which may confuse the less literate of my readers who are not into much academics, who simply want to know how to say simple sentences correctly, meeeeeeen!!!

So, I will simply tell you that you are totally wrong if you say “John is one of the PERSON that I love.” Oh yes, indeed! The phrase, ‘ONE OF THE’, means that you are talking about more than one person among whom John belongs, and it is wrong to use a singular noun for that group by saying ‘PERSON.’ So, the correct sentence is ‘John is one of the PERSONS that I love.”

To make further sense to you, note that another way to say the sentence is “John is one of the PEOPLE that I love”, where the plural—’PEOPLE’—replaces the plural—’PERSONS.’ I insist, that you know, that I ain’t bullshitting ya, meeeeeeeeeen!!!

NBB INFOTAINMENT: “ME NO LIKE” BY RAS KIMONO:

“Me No Like” was one of the late Ras Kimono’s many ways of registering his dissatisfaction with the governments of Africa, and especially the governments of Nigeria. His revolutionary releases included his 2007 “What’s Gwan”, where he asked what was going on (what agwan) in Nigeria where there was no food to eat; disunity destroying the nation; illegal detention of citizens by police without trial, et cetra, et cetra, et cetra.

Before those two releases by the Rastaman Rub-A-Dub Master, among many others, he started his CONSCIOUS MESSAGES with “Under Pressure”, which was his debut hit song, way back in 1987. He said then that Nigerians were under pressure; little did the he know that the pressure would continue to progress stronger, and eventually get a gazillion times strongest with the emergence of Mohammadu Buhari as president in 2015, to the point of bursting the entire country and everybody and everything in it into pieces, meeeeeeeeeeeen!!!

As I mentioned previously when NBB featured another one of Kimono’s numerous hits titled “Rub-A-Dub Master”, I am proud that “My Boy Charly” (my friend) and I discovered Ras Kimono for the world, when we saw his untapped talent back in the 1980s. Yes, indeed! Charles Attah and I funded Kimono’s debut album, “Under Pressure”, under my company named “Rub-A-Dub Sound & Video.”  So, once again, with “Me No Like (What agwan)” song, I bid good bye to “My boy” Ras Kimono who left the land of the living in June 2018:

https://youtu.be/dMmUCTZArJY

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