Here are the corrections and explanations for last week’s entries.
Identify and correct the errors in the following piece.
“Her hearing is failing, her eyesight has dimmed.
The punctuation is incorrect; the comma should be a semi-colon or a period.
“Her hearing is failing; her eyesight has dimmed.
“Her son, Pat Sanford, is one of about 200 people in Windsor and Essex County and 12,000 in the province who have developmental disabilities and are on waiting lists for residential care.”
The subject of the second clause is “who”. “Who” refers to “one” in the previous clause and “one” is singular”. Therefore, “have” is incorrect because it creates subject/verb disagreement. The same logic must be continued throughout the sentence.
“Her son, Pat Sanford, is one of about 200 people in Windsor and Essex County and 12,000 in the province who has developmental disabilities and is on a waiting list for residential care.”
“Depositary” is a noun referring to a person to whom something is lodged in trust.
“A lawyer is a common depositary for the disposition of estate funds.”
“Depository” is a noun referring to a place where things are placed or put.
“Fort Knox is the depository for the gold bullion of the United States.”
The root of both word is “deposit”.
“Wave” is a verb meaning to signal with the hands.
“Wave” is a noun referring to a series of movements such as ocean swells.
“The wave by a crowd in an arena or stadium is a wonderful movement to watch from above.”
“Waive” is a verb meaning to do without or to give up.
“Very often, prisoners will waive their rights to the use of an attorney because they think they can outsmart their interrogators.”
Waif” is a noun referring to a homeless child, a stray or to one who is forsaken or orphaned.
“Oliver Twist was a waif who was befriended by Fagin and taught a live of crime for greed and survival.”
Identify, label and correct the errors in the following submissions.
HINT: Read everything carefully to really appreciate the complete range of errors committed. All entries are exactly as originally printed. I can find nine examples. There are, arguably, ten or eleven.
“A flock of swans swim in the Detroit river near LaSalle on Wednesday”
➀ The subject and verb must agree. The subject is flock, a singular collective noun.
“A flock of swans swims in the Detroit river near LaSalle on Wednesday”
“Last fall the trend that led to the repudiation of a number of high-profile labour-backed council incumbents in Windsor and Tecumseh, notably Ken Lewenza Jr., son of the CAW president, as well as CAW rep Mike Burton.”
➁ This is not a sentence because there is no verb.
“Last fall saw a trend that led to the repudiation of a number of high-profile labour-backed council incumbents in Windsor and Tecumseh, notably Ken Lewenza Jr., son of the CAW president, as well as CAW rep Mike Burton.”
“ ‘You can’t understand, really,’ was Franzen’s explanation.
Sort of like a conversation with the witty Russian.”
➂ The second unit of words is not a sentence because there is no verb.
“ ‘You can’t understand, really,’ was Franzen’s explanation.
This short remark was sort of like a conversation with the witty Russian.”
“Franzen sheepishly admitted the wings slept walk through the dog days of the regular season.”
➃ What is “slept walk”?
➄ The word “wings” should be capitalized because it represents the Detroit Red Wings, a proper noun.
“Franzen sheepishly admitted the Wings sleep walked through the dog days of the regular season.”
“The premier has tasked me with the job of helping Ontario companies grow their exports abroad, while bringing new companies (and jobs) to Ontario.”
Sandra Pupatello, MPP Windsor West, minister of Economic Development and Trade…
➅ “Grow” is misused. Things grow by themselves; one does not grow things.
➆ She should capitalize her own title.
“The premier has tasked me with the job of helping Ontario companies develop their exports abroad, while bringing new companies (and jobs) to Ontario.”
Sandra Pupatello, MPP Windsor West, Minister of Economic Development and Trade…
“I can assure you that all of the travel arrangements for myself and for my office are made in accordance with a strict and transparent government policy that looks at factors including pricing, security, and the recommendation of the federal government and local Embassy.”
➇ “Myself” is reflective and, in this case, is misused.
➈ It is courteous and correct to put the other person first.
➉ The comma after security is redundant.
“I can assure you that all of the travel arrangements for my office and for me are made in accordance with a strict and transparent government policy that looks at factors including pricing, security and the recommendation of the federal government and local Embassy.”
“Furl” is a verb meaning to roll up or draw into a compact roll.
“When the competition is complete, the sailors will neatly furl all the sails.”
“Furrow” is a noun referring to a narrow trench or depression.
“Furrow” can also be a verb meaning to making a furrow or trench.
“As the pain increased, the furrows in his brow appeared to get larger and larger.”
I LIKE THIS ONE
“He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.”
Benjamin Franklin, an American author, diplomat and inventor who lived from 1706 to 1790, wrote this.
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
“Omnivorous” (adj.) means all-devouring or eating all forms of food indiscriminately.
“Omni” means all and is the best clue to the word’s meaning.
“A scavenger is usually an omnivorous animal that cleans up tons of garbage each year.”
“Disapprobation” (n.) refers to an expression of strong disapproval, condemnation or dislike.
“The teen was thoroughly discouraged with the constant disapprobation heaped on him by peers and teachers alike.”
“Tendentious” (adj.) means having or showing a definite tendency, bias, partisanship or purpose.
The root is the Latin “tendere” meaning “tend”.
“His tendentious attitude against socialism made him a pariah in the communal living atmosphere of the group.”
“Misconstrue” (v.) means to confound, to confuse, to misinterpret or to misunderstand.
“Do not misconstrue what I say when I tell you that I never want to see you again because you have hurt me once too often.”
I am so sorry! I was careless and used the same word twice last week. I will be more vigilant.