Here are the corrections and explanations for last week’s postings.
“Avenge” is a verb meaning to get even with or to punish. The noun form is “vengeance“.
“Revenge” is a noun meaning retribution or vengeance.
The two words cannot be interchanged.
There are two errors in the following unit. Find and correct them.
“The office and myself are much better known to the public,” said Fraser: “I think more attention is paid generally to our reports than may have been the case in the past.”
“Myself” is a reflexive pronoun and cannot be used in this context. Replace it with subjective pronoun “I”.
The colon after “Fraser” is incorrect; it should be a period.
“The office and I are much better known to the public,” said Fraser. “I think more attention is paid generally to our reports than may have been the case in the past.”
Fix the errors in the following pieces.
[The clouds], “…they continue their lingerment…”.
There is no such word as “lingerment”.
[The clouds], “…continue lingering [in the area]…”.
“I supported the motion even though I do not think that OTF (Ontario Teachers Federation) had no other choice but to accept a deal that did include conditional inflation protection as part of the valuation.”
There is a double negative with “…I do not think…” and “…no other choice…”.
“I supported the motion even though I do not think that OTF (Ontario Teachers Federation) had any other choice but to accept a deal that did include conditional inflation protection as part of the valuation.”
Correct the errors in the following.
“You don’t drive like her, and you shouldn’t pay the same insurance premiums as her.”
The implied meaning dictates the word choice and the objective “her” is incorrect.
“You don’t drive like she does, and you shouldn’t pay the same insurance premiums as she (does).”
“Neither mother nor daughter have any previous retailing experience.”
The verb should be singular because there is one choice or one other choice, not two choices.
“Neither mother nor daughter has any previous retailing experience.”
Identify and correct the error in the following sentence.
“That wraps it up for you and I.”
“For” is a preposition which begins a phrase and takes an object. “I” is subjective and cannot be used.
“That wraps it up for you and me.”
“Continuous” is an adjective meaning non-stop, constant or unbroken.
The cat’s continuous caterwauling, as she sat on the fence, kept the entire neighbourhood awake.
“Contiguous” is an adjective meaning nearby, close, adjacent or neighbouring.
The Canadian provinces and territories are contiguous except for Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself.”
Robert Ingersoll, U.S. orator and lawyer, coined this phrase.
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
“Machination” (n.) means a crafty scheme, plot, plan or device.
The “ch” is hard and is pronounced “k”.
“Extolment” (n.) means high praise, glorification or eulogizing. The verb form is “extol”.
“Extemporaneous” (adj.) means impromptu, “off-the-cuff or without preparation.
“Abjure” (v.) means to renounce, to disavow, to renounce or to reject. The noun form is “abjuration”.
“Bacchanal” (n.) is a drunken reveler or an occasion of drunken revelry.
The word is the adjectival form of Bacchus, the god of wine and revelry in Roman mythology. The Greek word for god of wine was Dionysius.