DOES ANYBODY KNOW ANY GRAMMAR?
I am merely a recorder. I copy what has been written in newspapers and ask you to correct the mistakes. My reaction is twofold and very simple: either the writers were never taught proper grammar and sentence structure, so are incapable of being correct; or they are too lazy to care about being correct. I try very hard not to be cynical and abusive when I see these errors on a daily basis and I am saddened that there is so little professional pride demanding correctness in one’s writing.
With that philosophy in mind, identify and correct the errors in the following pieces.
“The cities represent the core markets where the crop of newcomers hope to win share against Rogers as well as Bell Canada and Telus Corp., the country’s other main carriers.”
Jamie Sturgeon, Financial Post, “New cell service from Rogers”, The Windsor Star, Thursday, July 29, 2010.
” ‘I got to believe any decisions I made as a councillor are protected by legal policy, but I don’t know yet how it works.’ ”
Percy Hatfield, Windsor City Councillor, in Dave Battagello’s story, “BRIDGE SUES COUNCIL”, The Windsor Star, Thursday, July 29, 2010.
The word for today is “conciliatory“.
What part of speech is “conciliatory“?
Define “conciliatory” and use it in a sentence.