Here are the corrections and explanations for last week’s entries.
Identify and correct the error in the following piece.
“Theriault managed to get he and his partner to the surface by buddy breathing with his air, but their dive boat was gone.”
The word group “he and his partner” is wrong in two fashions: the other person should be mentioned first; “he” should be the reflexive pronoun “himself because it refers back to the doer of the action.
The comma is unnecessary because the subjects of the clauses are the same.
“Theriault managed to get his partner and himself to the surface by buddy breathing with his air but their dive boat was gone.”
DUE TO/DUE TO THE FACT THAT
“Due to” means “caused by”. It does not mean “because of”.
‘The game was postponed because of rain.”
“Due to the fact that” is a clumsy and wordy substitute that should be avoided in formal writing and should be replaced by “because” or “since”.
“Citizen”, a noun, refers to a legally recognized subject or person of a state or commonwealth or area.
“I was born in Windsor and am a citizen of this city.”
“Denizen”, a noun, refers to a person, animal, or plant that lives or is found in, or is a native inhabitant of a particular place.
“Deer are often unseen denizens of small copses of trees and bushes.”
The difference between the words is that a “citizen” has a legal standing whereas “denizen” has no legal reference or connotation.
Correct all the errors and cite the reasoning for listing them as errors.
“How does something get taken off of the list?”
Using two prepositions such as “off” and “of” together is not acceptable.
The sense of the wording suggests that “things” get themselves removed from a list, which is an impossibility. “Things” must be removed because they cannot function by themselves.
Actually, the whole sentence should be reworded. I know I am being picky, but the sentence must be brought up a level.
“How are some things removed from the list?”
“Ceremonial”, an adjective, is used to describe the performance, or what is appropriate for a ceremony or rite. It describes what is appropriate for a solemn occasion.
“The priest enjoyed wearing the ceremonial vestments that represented the grandness of the religious occasion.”
“Ceremonious”, an adjective, means excessively polite or punctilious, or appropriate for grand occasions.
“The beauty queen accepted the gifts from her fans with ceremonious, though artificial, dignity.”
“War is a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.”
Thomas Mann, a 1929 Nobel Peace Laureate who lived from 1875 to 1955, wrote this.
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
“Impetuosity” (n.) refers to impulsiveness, rashness or suddenness.
“The child’s impetuosity in the store resulted in several expensive glasses being broken.”
“Succinct” (adj.) means compact, concise, terse or expressed in few words.
“The coach’s tirade was succinct and explosive: ‘You sucked this quarter!’ ”
“Evanesce” (v.) means to disappear gradually, to pass to blow over or to fade away.
“Evanescent” is the adjective form.
“Evanescently” is the adverb form.
“Evanescence” is the noun form.
“The mist will evanesce when the sun begins to warm the air.
“Facetious” (adj.) means witty, boisterous, humourous or amusing.
“Facetiously” is the adverb form.
“The southerner’s remarks about his skill level when playing hockey were meant to be facetious and humourous.”
“Credulity” (n.) refers to naivety, a tendency to believe too readily usually arising from ignorance or weakness. It is taken from the Latin “credo” meaning to believe.
“Credulous” is the adjective form.
“Credulously” is the adverb form.
“He exhibited the credulity of a child in accepting the teen’s remarks as gospel.”