Here are the corrections and explanations for last week’s entries.
“Enormity” is a noun meaning something monstrous, wicked or outrageous.
“The enormity of Hitler’s evil is incalculable.”
“Enormous” is an adjective meaning extraordinarily large in size, amount or degree.
“The enormous tsunami destroyed property over several miles of the coastline.
Identify and correct the errors in the following pieces.
“And perhaps some lessons learned.”
This is not a sentence because there is no verb.
“And perhaps some lessons were learned.”
“No judgment call here, just a statement of fact based on what has been going on 13 years of getting the crap beat out of him as a quarterback, first in college and now as a pro.”
This is not a sentence because there is no principal verb.
“There is no judgment call here, just a statement of fact based on what has been going on 13 years of getting the crap beat out of him as a quarterback, first in college and now as a pro.”
Correct the errors in the following entries. Cite the applicable rules.
“Unstoppable flames, lung-scorching smoke and the screams of her children.”
This is not a complete thought because there is no verb.
“There were unstoppable flames, lung-scorching smoke and the screams of her children.”
“The cause of the others were still undetermined Wednesday.”
The subject of the sentence is the singular noun, “cause”, and it needs a singular verb.
“The cause of the others was still undetermined Wednesday.”
“Adopted” is the past participle of the verb “to adopt” meaning to choose or take for oneself.
“An adopted child is a joy to raise and love.”
“They adopted the customs and language of their new country with eagerness and thankfulness.”
“Adoptive” is an adjective meaning related to adoption.
“The adoptive parents were overjoyed at receiving the news that they were approved as parents.”
“Adopted” and “adoprtive” are not interchangeable.
“The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubts.”
Bertrand Russell, a British philosopher who lived from 1872 to 1970, wrote this.
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
“Nascent” (adj.) means coming into existence, emerging or birthing.
“Nascence” and “nascency” are noun forms of the word.
“Execrable” (adj.) means of very poor quality or condition, deplorable, odious, detestable or abominable.
“Execrable” is pronounced ěk* sә krә bәl, with the emphasis on the first syllable.
“Mawkish” (adj.) Means effusively or insincerely emotional, mushy or maudlin.
“Attenuated” (past participle of the verb attenuate) means to make thin, slender or fine, to weaken or to reduce in force.
“Attenuate” is the base verb form.
“Attenuant” is the adjective form.
“Attenuating” is the present participle form.