Here are the corrections and explanations for last week’s entries.
Identify and correct the errors in the following pieces.
“An unexplained, uncontrollable cough, that would make her throw up.”
This is an incomplete thought because it lacks a principal clause that can stand by itself.
“She had an unexplained, uncontrollable cough, that would make her throw up.”
“The report into the accident, which saw 13 people shot dead by British soldiers at a civil rights march in Londonderry in 1972, was released last week and concluded none of the victims were armed.”
How does a report see? That doesn’t make sense.
“None” is singular and its verb is plural. Subject and verb must agree.
“The report into the accident in which 13 people were shot dead by British soldiers at a civil rights march in Londonderry in 1972, was released last week and concluded none of the victims was armed.”
“Avocation” refers to a minor job, a diversion, distraction or hobby.
“Vocation” refers to one’s job or line of work.
“Jerry-built” is an adjective referring to something that is poorly built or of inferior workmanship. “Jerry-built” usually has a negative connotation.
“Jury-rigged” is an adjective referring to something that is rigged up temporarily in a makeshift manner with materials at hand. “Jury-rigged” is often considered a very clever solution to a problem.
RULE OF THE DAY # 7
“While driving on Ouellette Avenue yesterday morning, a tree began to fall toward John’s car.”
Does the sentence make sense? Does it seem that the tree was driving on Ouellette Avenue? This occurs because of the “dangling modifier”.
A “dangling modifier” is a phrase or clause that says something different than what is meant because words are left out; as a result, the meaning of the sentence is left “dangling”.
The correction is to add a word or two or to reword the sentence such that it makes correct sense.
“While John was driving on Ouellette Avenue yesterday morning, a tree began to fall toward his car.”
“Actionable” is an adjective and a technical term referring to something that provides grounds such as slander for a legal action or lawsuit.
“Doable” is an adjective meaning capable of existing, taking place or proving true, achievable or accomplishable.
The terms should not be be used interchangeably.
“The greater the ignorance the greater the dogmatism.”
Sir William Osler, a Canadian-born physician who lived from 1849 to 1919, said this.
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
“Panoply” (n.) refers to a complete and impressive array, pomp or show. It also refers to a complete suit of armour or a complete covering.
“Husbandry” (n.) refers to the occupation or practice of farming or agriculture, careful or thrifty management.
“Husband” is taken from this word and refers to the manager of the farm or business.
“Subterfuge” (n.) refers to a manoeuvre or an action intended to misrepresent the true nature of an activity, an artifice or deceit employed to escape the force of an argument or an effort to avoid the circumstances of an action.
“Blasphemous” (adj.) means grossly irreverent toward God or what is held to be sacred.
“Blaspheme” is the verb form.
“Blasphemy” is the noun form.
“Blasphemousness” is another noun form.
“Indemnification” (n.) refers to a sum of money paid in compensation, damages, redress or restitution.
“Indemnify” is the verb form.
“Indemnifier” is the noun form for one who makes amends.
“Indemnitee” is the noun form for one who receives the outlay.