Identify and correct the error in the following. Give a reason.
“MAN GOES MISSING, DIES”
For the hundredth time: PEOPLE DO NOT GO MISSING! They may go to a place such as a casino but it is a grammatical impossibility to “go missing”.
“MAN DISAPPEARS, DIES”
THE LYONS ROAR
“Don’t worry about it.”
I hate the expression, “Don’t worry about it.” It is inane. It is empty. It rarely has anything to do with the previous conversation.
“I’d like you to get that work completed before you leave tonight.”
“Don’t worry about it!”
What kind of a response is that? Why would I worry about it?
I think the speaker of, “Don’t worry about it,” should be the one to worry because if he doesn’t complete the work, he could be working elsewhere.
The point is that uttering vacuous expressions with little or no thought is rampant.
I know the world exists on clichés, but I detest such trite and meaningless gibberish.
“Don’t worry about it,” has to go.
Find and correct the error in the following piece. Be sure to explain why there is an error.
“$50M split between 19″
“Between” means in the space separating two objects. If there are more than two, “among” must be used.
“$50M split among 19″
Identify, correct and explain the errors in the following groups of words.
Note 1: there is a variety of errors in the selections below.
Note 2: if it is any consolation to the writers, I am reading their columns.
“Or having two-time world champ Carmen Basilio unexpectedly pop up at your table to sign a picture of himself just as Reybroek was taking possession of the photo.”
This is not a sentence because there is no main verb.
Why is “your” used? I, as the reader, was not there at the time, so “your” should not be used; it creates too many persons in one sentence or paragraph.
“There was the story of having two-time world champ Carmen Basilio unexpectedly pop up at the table to sign a picture of himself just as Reybroek was taking possession of the photo.”
“A landfill is a nasty thing. Part rotting refuse, part stuff that will never break down, all just buried in our communities.”
The second group of words is not a sentence because there is no verb. Correct punctuation will help.
“A landfill is a nasty thing: part rotting refuse; part stuff that will never break down; all just buried in our communities.”
“Nobody wants a dump in their backyard. Why are we so anxious to fill it?”
“Nobody” is singular. “Their” is plural. This is inconsistent. Though commonly used, it is incorrect.
Also, do we share one backyard among us all?
“People don’t want a dump in their backyards. Why are we so anxious to fill it?”
“While more than 100 other Ontario municipalities are either composting, finding ways to recycle more or limiting garbage, Windsor and most of Essex County is rejecting similar proposals and looking for more garbage.”
“Windsor” and “Essex County” are two different areas, so the verb should be plural. If they are being considered as one entity, then there is no error.
“While more than 100 other Ontario municipalities are either composting, finding ways to recycle more or limiting garbage, Windsor and most of Essex County are rejecting similar proposals and looking for more garbage.”
“Administer” is a verb meaning to manage, to oversee or to be on charge of.
“The nurse will administer first aid as soon as it arrives on the scene.”
“Minister” as a verb means to nurse or to contribute to the comfort of someone. “Minister” always requires “to” following it.
The priest will minister to his flock in a most generous fashion.”
“Police said the condition of the copper welding tips were always the same – new and unused.”
The subject of the sentence is “condition” which is singular. “Were” is plural. This is inconsistent and incorrect.
“Police said the condition of the copper welding tips was always the same – new and unused.”
AN INTERESTING POINT OF VIEW
“The optimist proclaims that we live in the best of all possible worlds; and the pessimist fears this is true.”
James Branch Cabell, an American essayist and novelist who lived from 1879 to 1958, said this.
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
“Pensively” (adverb) means thoughtfully, broody, preoccupied or reflectively.
“Pensive” is the adjective form.
“Pensiveness” is the noun form.
“Mandarin” (n.) is a Chinese word meaning a high government official, a member of an elite or intellectual group or a high functionary.
“Dauntless” (adj.) means invulnerable to fear or intimidation, brave, fearless or brash.
“Sententious” (adj.) means concise, pithy, magisterial or abounding in pithy sayings or maxims.
“Indigent” (adj.) means poor, needy, impoverished or destitute.