Letter to the editor | Why Nurse’s Day and not Nurse’s Day; why do we complicate the english language? – TBEN Singapore News


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Dear Editor,

Have you ever wondered why we use Nurses Day and not Nurses Day when we have Father’s Day or Mother’s Day for example? It certainly doesn’t mean we celebrate all nurses and just one mom or dad.

Could this also be the reason that we see more and more people using the plural for many words, or adding ‘s’ to words unnecessarily?

As we know, there is no governing body for the English language. Many would say that this has allowed the language to progress and move with the times. However, if you take the trouble to step back and think carefully, does it really make the language more progressive or regressive? Why do we make language more complicated than it already is?

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This brings us to another wrong point – English is an easy language to learn. If you think about it, it is actually quite difficult to master English unless you forego the beauty and fineness of the language and are not bothered by the confusion caused by the use of wrong words, verbs and expressions, adding unnecessary words or dropping necessary words.

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Having a governing body does not necessarily stifle language progress. If we have a governing body with a system similar to the one we have in Singapore, where the government sets the rules, after considering all the public’s considerations and making decisions to please the majority, the governing body can still be seen as good and successful.

Steven Lee

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