Here are the corrections and explanations for last week’s entries.
Correct the errors in the following piece. Cite the applicable rules.
“ ‘(Tim) Hudak isn’t well-known across the province, but he has been darn consistent about his message,’ he said. ‘He has sang the same tune all this time, and that tune is resonating with voters.’ ”
The present perfect tense of “to sing” in the third person is “has sung” NOT “has sang”.
The comma after “province” is unnecessary because the subject of the two clauses is the same.
The comma after “time” is correct because the subjects of the two clauses are different.
“ ‘(Tim) Hudak isn’t well-known across the province but he has been darn consistent about his message,’ he said. ‘He has sung the same tune all this time, and that tune is resonating with voters.’ ”
“Throw” means to project or propel forcibly through the air.
“Throe” means a hard or painful struggle or a severe spasm.
“Through” means in one end and out the other, finished, done, completed or uninterrupted.
“Through” is pronounced as in “coo or “threw””.
Find and correct the errors in the following piece. Note: errors is plural.
“Board member Vince Bassman questioned how Windsor city council and the municipal administration might react to the university taking a potential 39,000 square feet of commercial space away from private developers downtown where there is already substantial vacancy rates, and moving the tenants to the university.”
“Windsor city council” is a title and all words should be capitalized.
“Vacancy rates” is a plural subjective completion so the verb it completes should also be plural.
The university is not taking commercial space from downtown; that space will still be there if the clients move. The sentence should be rethought and rewritten.
“Board member Vince Bassman questioned how Windsor City Council and the municipal administration might react to the university creating a potential 39,000 square feet of commercial space away from downtown where there are already substantial vacancy rates, and moving the tenants to the university.”
“Pore” (n.) refers to a tiny hole in the skin or any small opening.
“A single pore in one’s skin can be seen with a close look.”
“Pore” (v.) means to focus on or to concentrate as in “pore over” a book.
“The student was known to pore over his textbook for hours so that he could learn the contents thoroughly.”
“Pour” (n.) refers to an abundant and consistent flow or stream.
“The foundry sounded the alarm to signal a warning that the pour of ore was about to begin.”
“Pour” (v.) means to rain, or cause to run.
“The weather caster predicts that tomorrow the rain will pour for hours.”
“Complement” is a noun referring to the quantity or amount that completes anything or the full number of people needed to crew a ship or vehicle.
“The full complement of crew members for the holiday cruise liner totalled in the hundreds.”
“Compliment” is a verb meaning to congratulate, to express respect for, to acclaim or to hail.
“Compliment” is the noun form referring to adoration, praise or kudos.
“The caring father would compliment his son every time he could as a means of building confidence in the boy.”
THINK ABOUT THIS ONE
“Faith is a cop-out. If the only way you can accept an assertion is by faith, then you are conceding that it can’t be taken on its own merits.”
Dan Barker, an American atheist, said this in1992.
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
“Diabolical” (adj.) means devilish in character or aspect, cunning, wicked, monstrous or horrible.”
“Diabolic” is another adjective form.
“Diabolically” is the adverb form.
“Diabolicalness” is the noun form.
“He looked at the girl with such a diabolical expression on his face that we knew he had nothing but evil intentions in his heart.
“Insouciant” (adj.) means casual, nonchalant, without anxiety or blithely unconcerned.
“Insouciance” is the noun form.
“Insouciantly” is the adverb form.
“He ambled down the crowded street with such an insouciant air that people thought he was drugged.”
“Quotidian” (adj.) means daily, routine, ordinary or mundane.
“The motorcycle easily sped through the quotidian traffic.”
“Subsume” (v.) means to bring under another, to bring under a rule or to take up or include in a larger number or higher class.
“Subsumption” is the noun form.
“A conquering army will always try to subsume the local people into its philosophy.”
“Provenance” (n.) refers to the place of origin, the earliest known history of something or the root of something.
“The prevenance of that piece of art that was found in the cave is yet to be determined.”