Today’s word of the day is
This is yet another word in the “change” family. It is typically used to speak about more formal changes and legal changes: think of the Fifth Amendment. It is a useful word for when you are discussing what should be done about a problem: perhaps the legislation needs to be amended.
You should also see that if you amend something, you make it better.
Forms of the word
There are three common forms of the word
- amend: this is the verb
- amendment: this is the noun (see the common suffix -ment)
- (make) amends: this is a set phrase
Using the word
- proposal/act/legislation: The government should amend the legislation so that it is more effective in preventing companies from dumping waste in rivers.
- make: While this proposal looks sound, some amendments may need to be made.
- to: One possible amendment to this policy would be to limit the number of hours that young people are allowed to work.
- make amends: Let me make amends by taking you out for a coffee (this is set phrase – often used in speech – meaning to make up for a mistake you have made)