Here are the corrections and explanations for last week’s entries.
“Likeliness” is a noun referring to the probability of something happening, seeming like truth, promising or apparently suitable.
“Likeness” is a noun referring to a graphic image of a person, a portrait or picture.
Identify and correct the error in the following example.
“Neither players has asked for a trade, but in recent weeks both have talked about the possibility of being traded and understand it’s part of junior hockey.”
“Neither” really means “not either” and refers to a singular being; to use the plural “players” after “neither” is incorrect.
“Neither player has asked for a trade, but in recent weeks both have talked about the possibility of being traded and understand it’s part of junior hockey.”
Identify and correct the errors in the following pieces.
“A pair of fire trucks were on the scene along with a few Union Gas workers, toiling over a dug-up hole in the home’s front lawn.”
“Pair” is a singular, collective noun and demands a singular verb; “were” is plural.
“A pair of fire trucks was on the scene along with a few Union Gas workers, toiling over a dug-up hole in the home’s front lawn.”
“Since hospitals can’t run a deficit, they will have to reduce services and layoff staff to balance the budget if pay increases are mandated by arbitrators, Musyj said.”
“Layoff” is a noun. “Lay off” is a verb. A verb is required in this context.
“Since hospitals can’t run a deficit, they will have to reduce services and lay off staff to balance the budget if pay increases are mandated by arbitrators, Musyj said.”
“Douse” is a verb meaning to immerse into a liquid, to cover with a liquid, to drench to turn off or extinguish lights.
“Dowse” is a verb meaning to search for subterranean water with the aid of a divining stick.
HINT: get a GOLD STAR if you can identify the inherent error with one of these words.
“Preempt”, a verb, means to acquire or appropriate beforehand, to occupy land in order to establish a prior right to buy or to obtain.
“Peremptory”, an adjective means not allowing contradiction or refusal, offensively self-assured, autocratic or putting an end to all debate.
“Preemptory” is not a word. Get your GOLD STAR if you knew this.
“Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd US President, who lived from 1882 to 1945, said this.
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
“Caesura” (n.) is a poetic device indicating a pause or break, usually for sense, in the middle of a verse line. One of te best examples can be seen in the second verse of Poe’s, The Raven; a caesura would be inserted after the word “books” to help with understanding the whole line. There are many caesurae in the middle of the poetic lines, as indicated by the various commas.
“Ah, distinctly I remember, it was in the bleak December,
And each separate dying ember wrought its ghost upon the floor.
Eagerly I wished the morrow; vainly I had sought to borrow
From my books surcease of sorrow, sorrow for the lost Lenore,
For the rare and radiant maiden whom the angels name Lenore,
Nameless here forevermore.”
“Volition” (n.) refers to the capability of conscious choice, decision, intention or the act of making a choice willingly.
“Tertiary” (adj.) means the third order of rank, level or formation, the period of geological time from two to sixty million years ago or pertaining to the third branch of certain religious orders.
“Evanescent” (adj.) means tending to vanish like vapour, evaporable, passing away, vanishing or fleeting.
“Evanescence” is the noun form.
“Evanesce” is the verb form.
“Evanescently” is the adverb form.
“Perspicacity” (n.) refers to intelligence, astuteness, shrewdness or wisdom.
“Perspicacious” is the adjective form.
“Perspicaciously” is the adverb form.