CAN THEY NOT EVEN USE BASIC GRAMMAR CORRECTLY?
Once again, find, identify, explain and correct the writing errors in the following examples.
If you cannot identify the errors, you need some Writing 101 help also.
“ ‘There are plans to accept other roles in the organization that Eddie, the board of directors and myself feel I can contribute to,’ Komsa said Monday.”
Marty Komsa, CEO and president, WFCU, in a GRACE MACALUSO story, “Ex-mayor Francis promoted to credit union president”, The Windsor Star, Tuesday, April 26, 2016.
“Through the peace bond, a series of conditions were imposed on Stefan.”
Paul Cherry, “Crown says man arrested at casino with $90K conned it from Montreal woman”, The Windsor Star, Wednesday, April 27, 2016.
“So if you receive an invite to an ethnic wedding, especially a South Asian one, here are some things you can expect.”
Sarah Mushtaq, “This wedding season, avoid the ‘aunties’ at the reception”, The Windsor Star, Wednesday, April 27, 2016.
“It’s an appropriate sentence given the amount of images involved in this particular case,” Dean said.
Lloyd Dean, Ontario Court Justice, in a Dylan Kristy story, “Lakeshore man sentenced to 3 years in child porn case”, The Windsor Star, Thursday, April 28, 2016.
ARE THESE EXAMPLES OF CORRECTLY CONSTRUCTED SENTENCES?
I see this error more and more and I cannot understand why it is becoming so prevalent among newspaper writers; regardless of how many times it is used, it is still incorrect.
At least the writer is consistent; unfortunately, he is consistently incorrect and, as such, is teaching his readership that poor writing is to be tolerated. He gets an “F” for his composition skills.
Find, identify, explain and correct the error in the following examples.
“Which is why the outcome of the vote is a foregone conclusion: most voters in the region, by far, want the new hospital, like where it will be built, and are willing to help pay for it.”
“Which put Kusmierczyk and several other councillors in a bind: their ardent supporters include the tiny crowd of lobbyists trying to derail the hospital with totally bogus complaints about the site selection process.”
“Which adds to the reluctance of some to vote for Dilkens’ one per cent tax levy: they’d prefer charging taxpayers two per cent more so they can spend more.”
“The latter way being tiresomely prevalent at all other levels of government these days.”
Chris Vander Doelen, “HOSPITAL VOTE A NO-BRAINER”, The Windsor Star, Saturday, April 23, 2016.
THE USUAL ERROR
How many people make this error on a regular basis?
Identify and correct the error in the following piece. Explain your choice.
“ ‘Data shows an even bigger impact on businesses simply going from one-way to two-way streets,’ Bortolin said. ‘It’s slower traffic. And there are more eyeballs on the street.’ ”
Rino Bortolin, Windsor City Councillor, in a Craig Pearson story, “Should Dougall and downtown streets be two-way?”
WORK ON YOUR GRAMMAR ALSO!
This is the second example in as many days of people of prominence needing a lesson in correct English usage.
Find, identify and correct the error.
Try to explain the rule that is applicable.
And do not make the same error yourself.
“ ‘I know in politics the perception can become reality, but in this case the perception is not based on the facts,’ Hatfield said. ‘Myself, Taras (Natyshak) and Lisa (Gretzky) fight hard every day up here to make sure the region doesn’t get stiffed.’ ”
MPP Percy Hatfield (NDP-Windsor-Tecumseh) in a Dave Battagello story, “Is absence of Liberal MPPs hurting the Windsor area?”
SHE SHOULD KNOW BETTER!
Find, identify and correct the errors in the following piece. Note the word “errors”.
“ ‘We as lawyers have to champion rights for the public,’ said family lawyer Cheryl Hodgkin, who is hobbling around on crutches after ankle surgery. ‘I was in court last Friday and the elevator was broken. All of the motions are being held on the second floor of the courtroom. It was very difficult with crutches for myself to get up. But I’m just thinking about all the other public that it would be inaccessible for.’ ”
Cheryl Hodgkin, lawyer, in a Trevor Wilhelm story, “Broken elevator blocking access to courtroom”, The Windsor Star, Saturday, April 16, 2016.