Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
The so-called ‘negative dual’, as exemplified by the ST extract, is, however, common in Singapore English.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
The use of molest as a noun is usual in Singapore; as it is found regularly in the Straits Times (this example from the web edition, 16 September 2009), one might consider it Standard Singapore English usage.
In other standard Englishes (e.g. British), however, molest can only be a verb. The noun is molestation.
Monday, September 14, 2009
The above is from an article about a Singapore mail-order bride agency and its success in attracting overseas customers, owing to its use of English and the web (New Paper on Sunday, 13 September 2009).
Singapore English is often said to be economical and to the point, but this is not always so — how the girls look like has a superfluous like. The standard English expressions would be how the girls look or what the girls look like.
This distinction is obvious in the following excerpts, taken from the same article in the online version of the UK-based CAR Magazine: