SUBSTANDARD EXPRESSIONS (by ABEL OLANIYI)

     These are expressions which are not considered detailed or explanatory enough to be called standard expressions. it is noteworthy to state that most substandard expressions are only substandard in the grammatical context, but may be correct in their sentences construction.Now let's consider the following:

I hope the taps in your house are running (Incorrect)
I hope there is water running in your taps (Correct)

We will fight them one by one (Incorrect)
We will fight them one after the other (Correct)

Please dress for me to sit down (Incorrect)
Please shift or create a space for me to sit (Correct)


Conductor, I'd like to drop here (Incorrect)
Conductor, I'd like to alight here (Correct)

I will press my rumpled shirt (Incorrect)
I will iron my rumpled shirt (Correct)

My son had a running nose last week (Incorrect)
My son had a runny nose last week (Correct) 

Upon all the tight security, the hotel was burgled (Incorrect)
In spite of the tight security, the hotel was burgled (Correct)

I am going to salon to weave or dress my hair (Incorrect)
I am going to the salon to have my hair dressed or weaved (Correct)

I don't hear your language (Incorrect)
I don't speak your language (Correct)

I will follow my mother to Lagos tomorrow (Incorrect)
I will accompany my mother to Lagos tomorrow (Correct)
"Accompany" means to 'go with and not behind'. "Follow" means to 'go behind someone in the same direction'. 

Joel visits me every two-two weeks (Incorrect)
Joel visits me every fortnight (Correct)

She arrived late because of go slow (Incorrect)
She arrived late due to traffic holdup (Correct)

My sister has taken in (Incorrect)
My sister has become pregnant (Correct)

I love the sunshades you wore at the party (Incorrect)
I love the sunglasses you wore at the party (Correct)

The manager is not on seat (Incorrect)
The manager is not in the office (Correct)

Do you know our treasurer ate our money (Incorrect)
Do you know our treasurer embezzled our money (Correct)

We would soon be in the raining season (Incorrect)
We would soon be in the rainy season (Correct)

I am looking for my misplaced pen (Incorrect)
I am searching for my misplaced pen (Correct)

What is the price of your shoe? I'd like to sell it (Incorrect)
What is the cost of your shoe? I'd like to sell it (Correct)

I can hear the smell of rotten pigs (Incorrect)
I can perceive the smell of rotten pigs (Correct)

On the fan (Incorrect)
Switch on the fan. Put on the fan (Correct)

Bright has gone to cut his hair (Incorrect)
Bright has gone to have his hair cut (Correct)

I can hear the smell of gas (Incorrect)
I can smell gas (Correct)

I joined a bus at Yaba (Incorrect)
I boarded a bus at Yaba (Correct)


Joel didn't let me land (Incorrect)
Joel didn't allow me finish me speech (Correct)

Michael is looking for my trouble (Incorrect)
Michael is looking for trouble (Correct)

The driver ran into a sharp corner (Incorrect)
The driver ran into a sharp bend (Correct)

Believe you me, I will give you the money (Incorrect)
Believe me sincerely, I will give you the money (Correct)

Shut up your mouth (Incorrect)
Shut your mouth (Correct)

My shirt is tighting me (Incorrect)
My shirt is skin tight (Correct)

She went to wash up (Incorrect)
She went to have a wash (Correct)

My friend's children are stubborn, they don't hear word (Incorrect)
My friend's children do not listen to any good piece of advice (Correct)

We are offloading the vehicle (Incorrect)
We are unloading the vehicle (Correct)

Please, open the tap (Incorrect)
Please, turn on the tap (Correct)

You must horn before overtaking (Incorrect)
You must hoot or sound the horn before overtaking (Correct)

It happened by chance (Incorrect)
It was a chance occurrence (Correct)

My brother took the police to arrest the thief (Incorrect)
My brother invited the police to arrest the thief (Correct)

My father is a big man in our village (Incorrect)
My father is an influential man in our village (Correct)

Buy your diesel here (Incorrect)
Buy diesel here (Correct)

Finish the food and drink now (Incorrect)
Finish up the food and drink quickly (Correct)

You need to study high for the test (Incorrect)
You need to study well for the test (Correct)

My dad always sides my elder brother (Incorrect)
My dad always takes sides with my elder brother (Correct)

He bought a second handed bus (Incorrect)
He bought a second hand bus (Correct)

She speaks fine (Incorrect)
She speaks well (Correct)

The play is too good (Incorrect)
The play is very interesting (Correct)

Have you seen his letter (Incorrect)
Have you received his letter (Correct)

Please inform my second to pay you (Incorrect)
Please inform my partner to pay you (Correct)

There is no sound coming out of both speakers (Incorrect)
There is no sound coming out of either speakers (Correct)

She is a dirty somebody (Incorrect)
She is a dirty person (Correct)

There is a car coming at your back (Incorrect)
There is a car coming behind you (Correct)

I hope your business is moving fast (Incorrect)
I hope your business is booming (Correct)

We met to draw a new time table (Incorrect)
We met to draw up a new time table (Correct)

The sun is too much today (Incorrect)
The sun is intense today (Correct)

Less I forget, let me have your address (Incorrect)
Lest I forget, let me have your address (Correct)

Please, wait for your turn (Incorrect)
Please, wait your turn (Correct)

Clean the board now (Incorrect)
Rub the chalk off the board (Correct)

Jokes apart, I'd like to spend the rest of my life with you (Incorrect)
Joking apart, I'd like to spend the rest of my life with you (Correct)

My sister backed the baby (Incorrect)
My sister strapped the baby to her back (Correct)

It was too late when he marched the brake (Incorrect)
It was too late when he applied the brake (Correct)

I am not your mate (Incorrect)
I am not your equal (Correct)

I am a new face in this school (Incorrect)
I am new to this school (Correct)

I was broke last month (Incorrect)
I didn't have enough money last month (Correct)

Put small pepper in the soup (Incorrect)
Spice up the soup with some pepper (Correct)

The patient was operated by the medical doctor last week (Incorrect)
The patient was operated on by the medical doctor last week (Correct)

I applied as a clerk under your administration (Incorrect)
I applied as a clerk in your administration (Correct) 


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