DOES THIS MAKE SENSE?
I have no interest in the politics of the Toronto mayoral race because I live elsewhere but I am interested in trying to fathom the structure of the sentence below.
Identify and correct the errors in the group of words below.
“The man who so deeply needs to be Toronto’s next mayor, he has been cozying up to politicians on the left and the right showed his true colours at a mayoral debate Wednesday evening.”
Sue-Ann Levy, “Meet True George” The Toronto Sun, Thursday, October 21, 2010.
The word for today is “contiguous”.
What part of speech is “contiguous”?
Define “contiguous” and use it in a sentence that shows its meaning.
MICHAEL’S ENGLISH USAGE
The goal of this blog is very simple: I am fanatic about perfect English usage in all forms of communication, especially by people who are paid to write or to communicate vocally, such as newscasters, newspaper columnists, opinion writers or talk show hosts. Because I love the language and because I am a retired educator, I want to teach and share and encourage everyone to appreciate the beauty and the complexity of correct English usage.
I do not pick on ordinary citizens such as those who write letters to a newspaper.
I do cite professionals who are paid to write newspaper stories or opinions. They should not make mistakes.
I do list errors made by news readers, TV anchors and reporters; they, theoretically, have studied journalism and should be able to communicate correctly.
I do quote politicians because they are our representatives and should reflect a high regard for our language.
I do not accept street talk, ebonics, incomplete sentences, poor or non-existent punctuation, incorrect grammar, “cool” talk or misuse of words such as using “impact” as a verb, by professional communicators.
I challenge copy writers and editors to learn and do their jobs.
The blog is presented in a standard Socratic format: Monday through Friday, I list errors made by professional writers or speakers or I offer interesting words, grammar questions or punctuation problems. I challenge the blog’s readers to correct the errors, use the words in a correct fashion or learn proper grammar and punctuation rules.
Each day, I offer a word which I find interesting and ask the reader to learn and use that word.
Every weekend, usually on Sunday, I present the corrections and definitions for the previous week’s entries.
Each week, usually every Wednesday, I list a quotation that I find interesting and ask the reader to identify the author or speaker, but understanding and enjoying the quote are more important than knowing the source.
Periodically, I include a pet peeve or a trite cliché which I consider to be so inane as to be laughable. I really am hoping that such idiocies can be eliminated, but that is, I know, not very realistic.
Writers: plagiarism rules demand that I give you credit for your creations. I will do so, always.
Speakers : think while speaking; be professional and be correct.
Educators : feel free to use this blog in the classroom on a daily basis.
Readers : enjoy and use correct English. Do not accept ignorance or mediocrity.