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Identify, explain and correct the error in the following piece.
“Which surely obliges them to be straight with people about the limitations of the anti-HST initiatives.”
This group of words begins with a subordinate conjunction and, therefore, is an incomplete thought.
“This surely obliges them to be straight with people about the limitations of the anti-HST initiatives.”
Find and correct the error in the following piece. Be sure to cite the applicable rule.
“So much so that the powers of the Internet have been harnessed to create a punctuation mark intended to show when a sentence is sarcastic.”
What is “…so much so…”? It doesn’t make sense because it is an incomplete thought. It must be reworded.
“Sarcasm is such a pressing issue the powers of the Internet have been harnessed to create a punctuation mark intended to show when a sentence is sarcastic.”
BONUS: feel free to LOL if you identify and understand the irony of this entry.
The irony is in my title, “Another Example of Fine Professional Writing”, in that a professional writer couldn’t even create a complete sentence and is trying, himself, to be sarcastic.
FEELINGS FOR/FEELINGS ABOUT
“Feelings for” are always positive feelings.
“My feelings for you and my devotion to your cause are well known throughout the company.”
“Feelings about” can be either positive or negative.
“My feelings about the gun registry are not exactly in line with those of the National Rifle Association.”
Identify and correct error in the following piece.
“In schools the need could not be more urgent. More than one in three adults in the nation’s capital are illiterate.”
The subject of the sentence is “one”, but the verb is plural.
“In schools the need could not be more urgent. More than one in three adults in the nation’s capital is illiterate.”
Bonus # 1: identify the irony in this entry.
Literacy is being discussed but in an illiterate fashion.
Bonus # 2: identify how this example epitomizes Michael’s English Usage.
Michael’s English Usage is designed to help eliminate errors by professionals and the professional gave me a wonderful example to critique. Alas! Lack-a-day!
“Incisive” is an adjective meaning an acute or perceptive observer, discriminating, keen or sharp.
“His observations were incisive and lead to some great reforms and new ways of doing things.”
“Decisive” in an adjective meaning critical, pivotal, definitive or conclusive.
“He was quick and decisive in his actions and they averted a great tragedy.”
WOW! WHAT A GREAT CONCEPT
“Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
Helen Keller, who was blind and deaf, wrote this.
“At the time Bain went missing, Bernardo had committed a series of sexual assaults in her area.”
Chances are good that you can guess what the pet peeve is.
The question is, “What makes it so peevish, and incidentally, so wrong?”
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
“Indefatigable” (adj.) means unflagging, active, physical and energetic.
“Bilious” (adj.) means relating to or containing bile, irritable, argumentative or contentious.
The root of bilious is “bile”.
“Biliousness” is the noun form.
“Biliously” is the adverb form.
“Careless writing by professional writers makes me bilious.”
“Eschew” (v.) means to avoid, to stay away from, to forsake or to desert.
“Eschewer” and “eschewal” are the noun forms of the word.
“Momentous” (adj.) means of great significance, big, important or significant.
“Ephemeral” (adj.) means passing, transient, interim or tentative.