Check the Blogroll in the right column to link to the National Grammar Day site.
Here are the corrections and explanations for last week’s entries.
Please try to decipher the following sentence. Identify the errors and rewrite it so that it makes sense.
What is written is complete gibberish. I can only restructure it to make some sense.
“Jones indicated council should must get involved the 20-day period for reviewing the final drawings expire without approval.”
“Try eliminating “”should”.
“Try inserting “before” after “involved”.
Eliminate the preposition “for”.
Change “reviewing” to “review” and reposition it.
“Insert “of” after “period”.
“Change “expire” to “expires”.
“Jones indicated council must get involved before the 20-day review period of the final drawings expires without approval.”
FOR SALE/ON SALE
“For sale” means that something is being retailed or offered or marketed.
“I have bought a new set of drums and my old one is for sale to the highest bidder.”
“On sale” means that something is being offered at a lower than the standard retail price.
“After Christmas almost everything in retail shops is on sale so space is available to allow new products to be stocked.”
“Imitate”, a verb, means to copy, to simulate or to ape the habits of another.
“Babies animals imitate the actions of their parents and thus learn how to hunt and function in certain situations.”
“Emulate”, a verb, is more specialized and is a purely positive function, meaning to try to equal or match the behaviour of another.
“Young girls and boys emulate the dress and behaviour of their idols in an effort to be cool and up-to-date with the latest trends.”
“Forego” means to go before or to precede in place or time as in a foregone conclusion because “fore” indicates before or prior to.
“Forgo” means to abstain from something or to do without.
“He will forgo all attempts to eat white bread for a period of 30 days in order to lose weight.”
WORTH THINKING ABOUT
“The way to combat noxious ideas is with other ideas. The way to combat falsehoods is with truth.”
William O. Douglas, an American jurist who lived from 1898 to 1980, wrote this.
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
Once again I have demonstrated the need for vigilant editing because I used forms of the same word, “elucidation”, twice this week as my words of the day. I will improve.
“Transmogrify” (v.) means to transform or metamorphose in a surprising or magical manner. Its connotation is chiefly humourous, meaning it is a positive occurrence.
The hippy used incense and flower paintings to transmogrify him small room into his “love pad”.
“Elucidation” (n.) refers to a clarification of ambiguity or to an explanation to make something clearer.
“Elucidative” is the adjective form.
“Elucidator” is the noun form for the person doing the clarifying explanation.
The teacher’s patient elucidation of complex math ratios made his class enjoyable to attend.”
“Objurgate” (v.) means to condemn, to decry, to rebuke severely or to scold.
“The manic dictator would objurgate his underlings if anyone voiced objections to his self-serving policies.”
“Elucidate” (v.) means to clarify or cast light upon a complex situation.
“Please, calm down and so that I can elucidate the legal complexities into language that can be easily understood.”