Why shouldn’t we use ABOUT after the word DISCUSS
Good day everyone! For this week’s topic, we will have an answer for the question “Why shouldn’t we use ABOUT after the word DISCUSS in a sentence?”
There will be several parts for this topic, so please be PATIENT, READ and try to UNDERSTAND carefully.
PART I: DISCUSSION
VERBS can be tricky at times; we just have to analyze them first before we use them so our sentences won’t sound confusing.
TRANSITIVE VERB: when a verb takes a direct object.
Example: The old woman embraced her long lost son.
*embraced – takes son as a direct object or the receiver of the action.
INTRANSITIVE VERB: any verb that does not take a direct object.
Example: The son was embraced tightly.
*no direct object in the predicate
– to talk about (something) with another person or group of people.
– Talk over, talk about, talk through, converse about, debate (synonyms)
* GRAMMATICALLY, “Let’s discuss the issues” (is correct) since it is a transitive verb.
There are some people who MAKE MISTAKES in using the expression “LET’S DISCUSS ABOUT….”
This is an example sentence from New York Times, dated November 24, 2006, and I quote:
“On average, Kelley Fay finds that people DISCUSS ABOUT a dozen brands each day.”
Is it grammatically correct or not?
NOPE! IT ISN’T GRAMMATICALLY CORRECT. Here is how a reader should read the sentence.
“On average, Keller Fay finds that people DISCUSS (about a dozen) brands each day.”
WHY? Because “about a dozen” is a PHRASE, that is like saying “approximately 12”
QUESTION: Then why shouldn’t we use “DISCUSS ABOUT” in a sentence?
ANSWER: There are 2 REASONS why we cannot use “ discuss about” in a sentence.
<<to be continued>>
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written by Mentor Justine