As the new school year begins, I reaffirm a commitment to achieving absolute correctness in the use of the English language, especially be professional writers and newscasters.
The question that comes to mind every time I listen to newscasters is: what has happened to the use of verbs in news presentations?
No matter what the network, be it CBC, CTV or any of the other major or minor player in the news presentation world, all I hear is what I call “headline presentation”, which no longer uses verbs to make what is said a complete thought.
There seems to be an unwritten rule that news must be presented in the present tense and must not use verbs.
Listen to the various presentations and you will understand.
I decry this format and encourage the presenters and news corporations to use the English language properly. When news is presented, it has already occurred, so the use of present tense is wrong. A group of words without a verb is not a sentence.
Very simply, I say learn the correct use of the English language and use it correctly.
Explain the difference in meaning between the words “enormity” and “enormous“.
What part of speech is each word?
Create sentences using “enormity” and “enormous” that clearly show the distinct meaning of each word.
The word for today is “nascent“.
What part of speech is “nascent“?
What other parts of speech can be made from “nascent“?
Define “nascent” and use it in a sentence.