Here are the corrections and explanations for last week’s entries.
Identify and correct the errors in the following examples. Be sure to explain your choices.
How long did that go on for?”
“For” is redundant, not to mention the fact that a sentence should not be ended with a preposition.
How long did that go on?”
“Growing pains that a contending club can ill-afford to inflict upon themselves.”
Where is the verb? This is not a complete thought.
“They are experiencing growing pains that a contending club can ill-afford to inflict upon themselves.”
“Crucifixion” means affixing to a cross.
“Crucifiction” is not a word.
Using “crucifiction” suggests “fiction” which places serious doubt regarding the Christian belief system. You get a GOLD STAR for knowing this.
“The crucifixion of Christ is the basis of Christianity.”
Identify and correct the errors in the following examples.
“Over a two-year period ending in 2008, when outside collection agencies were last employed, close to $2 million in net overdue revenues were collected.”
The verb “were” does not agree with its subject “$2 million” which is a singular, collective amount.
“Over a two-year period ending in 2008, when outside collection agencies were last employed, close to $2 million in net overdue revenues was collected.”
“He fully expects it to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars – paid by Payne’s constituents, you and I.”
“I” is nominative and the objective case, “me”, is needed.
“He fully expects it to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars – paid by Payne’s constituents, you and me.”
“Tenant” and “tenet” share the same root meaning to hold.
“Tenant” is a noun referring to the person who rents and apartment or office from the person who holds the lease.
“My tenant in the apartment upstairs is very quiet and respectful of my odd sleep needs.”
“Tenet” is a noun referring to the beliefs one holds.
“A tenet of every faith in the world is some form of doing unto others as one would expect done to oneself.”
Find and correct the errors in the following examples. What are the pertinent rules?
“Loud ads on television can disrupt an otherwise enjoyable program and are a source of significance annoyance for Canadians.”
The writer obviously did not proofread to find the incorrect form of “significance”.
“Loud ads on television can disrupt an otherwise enjoyable program and are a source of significant annoyance for Canadians.”
“Another great idea – a name that actually means something to the community.”
Where is the verb? This is an incomplete thought.
“Another great idea is to have a name that actually means something to the community.”
“He’d lay in wait for them, devising ways to get them alone to sexually assault them.”
The verb “lay” is misused. “Lay” needs an object and I wonder what he is laying when I read this; the context suggests a thought I will not explain.
“He’d lie in wait for them, devising ways to get them alone to sexually assault them.”
A GOOD LIFE CONCEPT
“It is well to give when asked but it is better to give unasked, through understanding.”
Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese American artist & poet who lived from 1883 to 1931, wrote this.
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
“Irreparable” (adj.) means impossible to repair or incapable of being rectified or remedied or good.
“Irreparable” is pronounced with the emphasis on the second syllable, not on the third syllable.
“The parents were so cruel that they created irreparable psychological damage in their children’s minds that made the children social outcasts.”
“Tremulous” (adj.) means vibrating slightly, quivering, convulsive, fearful or timorous.
“The creaking of the old house made him tremulous with fear.”
“Drollery” (n.) refers to something amusingly queer or funny, a jest, humour or the action of a buffoon.
“Droll” is the adjective form.
“The politician thought his remarks were incisive and clever but they were really very droll and foolish.”
“Complacency” (n.) refers to a feeling of quiet pleasure, self-satisfaction, gratification or pleasure, particularly with one’s own merits.
“Complacent” is the adjective form.
“Complacently” is the adverb form.
“The complacency of the arrogant singer was obvious enough for her audience to become restless and to leave her performance before it was completed.”
“Furtive” (adj.) means sneaky, stealthy, underhanded and implies taking pains to avoid being observed.
“Furtively” is the adverb form.
“Furtiveness” is the noun form.
“He was so bored with the performance that he kept taking furtive glances at his watch in the hope that time would pass more quickly.”