The Borneo Post - Good English - - Short Story Section -

IF YOU'RE think­ing about writ­ing with clar­ity, it's usu­ally best to drop the word "basis". Salmah walks to school on a daily basis. (Drop "basis". Salmah walks to school daily.)

The clerks have to check the in­ven­tory on a monthly basis. (go for "check the in­ven­tory each month).

FORBIDDING/FOREBODING “Foreboding” means “omi­nous,” as in “The sky was a foreboding shade of grey” The pre­fix “fore-” of­ten in­di­cates some­thing point­ing to the fu­ture “fore­cast,” “fore­shad­ow­ing”.

A forbidding per­son or task is hos­tile or dan­ger­ous: “The trek across the desert to the near­est vil­lage was forbidding.”


These words some­times over­lap, but gen­er­ally “forceful” means “pow­er­ful” (“he im­posed his forceful per­son­al­ity on the li­ons”) while “forcible” must be used in­stead to de­scribe the use of force (“the bur­glar made a forcible en­try into the apart­ment”). “Forced” is of­ten used for the lat­ter pur­pose, but some pre­fer to re­serve this word to de­scribe some­thing that is done or de­cided upon as a re­sult of out­side causes without nec­es­sar­ily be­ing vi­o­lent: “a forced land­ing,” “a forced smile,” “forced labour.”

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