Here are the corrections and explanations for last week’s entries.
BEING AS/BEING THAT
“Being as” and “being that” are non-standard expressions and should not be used.
“Because” or “since” should be used instead.
“Being as you are overweight, you should go on a diet.” (Incorrect)
“Since you are overweight, you should go on a diet.” (Correct)
Find and correct the errors in the pieces below.
“Public meetings on the rezoning have been postponed by council until studies were done to see if the lands unsafe to build on because of old underground brine caverns of the defunct General Chemical company and its predecessors.”
The verb tenses are wrong. Check the revised version below to get the correct relationships.
“Lands” should either be possessive or a verb should be added after it to give the sentence correct sense.
“Public meetings on the rezoning have been postponed by council until studies are done to see if the lands are unsafe to build on because of old underground brine caverns of the defunct General Chemical company and its predecessors.”
“The study found the once prominent dream of a leisure society has all but evaporated in the face of a greater trend toward jobs that require working weekends, nights and rotating shifts; and the increasing number of people, especially women, now raising children and also providing care to their own parents.”
The incorrect use of a semi-colon in the middle makes the second half of the sentence non-sensical. A list has been created and the examples have to coordinate with eachother.
“Also” should be eliminated to better connect the last example to the rest of the sentence.
“The study found the once prominent dream of a leisure society has all but evaporated in the face of a greater trend toward jobs that require working weekends, nights and rotating shifts, the increasing number of people, especially women, now raising children and providing care to their own parents.”
“Council” is a noun referring to an official assembly of persons for consultation, deliberation, administration or legislation.
“City Council meets every Monday to conduct the affairs of the city.”
“Counsel” is a noun referring to a lawyer or to direction, advice or guidance that is given.
“My best counsel is to avoid excess because it will destroy you.”
“Counsel” can also be a verb meaning to give advice.
“I will counsel you about correct writing skills if you will pay attention.”
“Fearful” means to be afraid.
“I am fearful of going into a dark room alone at night.”
“Fearsome” means to cause fear in others.
“The brute was fearsome merely because of his hulking size.”
Why do professional writers, especially sports writers, not create complete sentences? In the construction of their paragraphs, they write in “headline” format, which traditionally does not use verbs, and this is not correct nor is it acceptable.
Reporting a sports story is paragraph writing.
Paragraphs are composed of sentences.
Sentences need verbs or they are not sentences.
If the groups of words are not sentences, they are incorrect.
Identify and correct the problems in the following examples.
“Three rounds of 69, in perfect scoring conditions.”
See my note above.
“Three rounds of 69, in perfect scoring conditions, is incredible.”
“A day when Weir had six of them.”
See my note above.
“This was a day when Weir had six birdies.”
“And so began another chapter for Weir, the little left-hander’s uncanny ability to cope with the most difficult course set-ups in all of golf”.
The second clause made no sense because it did not have a verb, so I added one.
“And so began another chapter for Weir, highlighted by the little left-hander’s uncanny ability to cope with the most difficult course set-ups in all of golf”.
HOW TRUE IS THIS!
“Opinions founded on prejudice are always sustained with the greatest of violence.”
Francis Jeffrey, a Scottish critic and jurist who lived from 1773 to 1850, wrote this.
RULE OF THE DAY # 6
BETWEEN YOU AND I/BETWEEN YOU AND ME
“Between” is a preposition which takes an object after it.
“I” is subjective.
“Me” is objective.
Therefore, “between you and me” is the correct one.
“Between you and I” is incorrect and unacceptable at all times.
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
“Culpability” (n.) refers to responsibility, blame or censure.
“Culpable” is the adjective form.
“Culpa”, meaning fault, is the Latin root, as in “mea culpa”.
“Languid” (adj.) means slow to move or act, lacking in energy, sluggish or lazy.
“Craven” (adj.) means cowardly, dishonourable, base or currish.
“Craven” (n.) refers to a abject coward, a wimp or a crybaby.
“Gallant”, (n.) with the accent on the second syllable, refers to a man who is concerned with his dress, a dandy, a fop or a fashion plate.
“Gallant”, (adj.) with the accent on the first syllable, means dignified, dashing, dignified, chivalrous or noble.
“Lithesome” (adj.) means slender, supple, svelte or graceful.
“Lithe” is another adjectival form.
“Litheness” is the noun form.
“Lithely” is the adverb form.