Here are the corrections and explanations for last week’s entries.
Check the following. Correct the errors.
“I like to think of myself as a nice guy. A reasonable guy. A positive, self-aware person who’s pleasant to be around and makes the world a better place.”
There are two incomplete thoughts because the punctuation is wrong.
For balance, “who” should be added to the last clause.
Poetic licence should be reserved for poetry, not newspaper writing.
“I like to think of myself as a nice guy, a reasonable guy, a positive, self-aware person who’s pleasant to be around and who makes the world a better place.”
“If someone’s not a dumbass, I tolerate them.”
How does “them” relate to “someone”? Pronominal consistency is needed.
“If someone’s not a dumbass, I tolerate him (or her, if there is a need to be absolutely politically correct).
“Which only goes to show that little guys like you and me are at as much risk as big banks.”
This is an incomplete thought because of the use of the subordinate conjunction, “which”.
I will not even start on the word “like”.
“This only goes to show that little guys like you and me are at as much risk as big banks.”
The Window Sign – 7 words, 4 errors – a record!
“Sorry we closed. We out of meet.”
Are they sorry they are closed or are they apologizing for having to close. Without a comma after “sorry”, there is confusion.
“We closed” is an incorrect verb construction; an auxiliary verb, “are”, is needed.
“We out” is an incorrect verb construction; an auxiliary verb, “are”, is needed.
“Meet” is the wrong word.
“Sorry, we are closed. We are out of meat.”
“The Medium is the Message” was coined by Marshall McLuhan, 1911-1980, Canadian educator, scholar and philosopher.
There are errors in the following pieces. Find, explain and correct them.
“But it will surely slow things down, and that’s not what we need. Not when more than 100,000 vehicles and $800 million crosses the border from Ontario to the U.S. on a daily basis.”
The second word group is an incomplete thought. A comma should be used, not a period.
“But it will surely slow things down, and that’s not what we need, not when more than 100,000 vehicles and $800 million crosses the border from Ontario to the U.S. on a daily basis.”
“Instead of requiring the signature of a notary, a person with a valid passport can now act as a guarantor, providing they’ve know the applicant for at least two years.”
“Know” is incorrect; it should be “known”
“The subject of the first clause is “person”, a singular noun. The subject of the second clause is “they”. But “they” refers back to the singular “person” in the first clause and thus, is incorrect. A singular pronoun is needed.
“Instead of requiring the signature of a notary, a person with a valid passport can now act as a guarantor, providing he has known the applicant for at least two years.”
“Assume” means “to take up or on oneself,” “to suppose or take for granted,” “to pretend” or “to be taken up.”
“Presume” is related to and similar to “assume” but it has the sense of doing it beforehand. It means “to venture without prior knowledge,” “to assume as believable without proof” or “to behave arrogantly”.
“Aural” has to do with things heard, as in the aural canal of the ear.
“Oral” has to do with things said or relating to the mouth, such as an oral exam.
A GOOD ONE
“Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.”
Iris Murdoch, a British novelist, coined this phrase.
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
“Pedagogy” (n.) is the function, work or art of teaching or instruction. A “pedagogue”, or teacher, is often considered dogmatic and formal.
“Commiserate” (v.) means to sympathize, to pity or to show compassion.
The correct use is to say, “We commiserate with you over your loss.” We do not “commiserate” with a loss but rather with a person regarding a loss.
“Concomitant” (adj.) means associated, connected, attendant or affiliated with.
“Vacillate” (v.) means to waver, to fluctuate or to hesitate.
“Sanguine” (adj.) means optimistic, cheerful, hopeful or confident.