Here are the corrections and explanations for last week’s entries.
Identify and correct the errors in the following examples.
“It’s fair to say that when Donald Drummond – TD Bank’s former chief economist – has something to say these days, everyone pays attention. Particularly politicians at Queen’s Park.”
The second group of words is not a sentence because there is no verb. Correct punctuation is the fix.
“It’s fair to say that when Donald Drummond – TD Bank’s former chief economist – has something to say these days, everyone pays attention, particularly politicians at Queen’s Park.”
“ ‘When we started designing it, some really fun things started happening,’ said McDonald. Like discovering the real ceiling above the acoustic tile.”
It is hard to tell whether or not the last group of words is part of the quote; it probably is and should be properly punctuated.
“ ‘When we started designing it, some really fun things started happening,’ said McDonald. “It is like discovering the real ceiling above the acoustic tile.’ ”
Cache” is a single syllable noun referring to a secret or hidden store of valuables or money.
“The finding of a huge cache of Mayan gold was an archeological five-star event.”
“Cachet” is a two-syllable noun referring to a stamp or seal or letter as in a seal of approval
“The cachet signed by the king allowed for the indefinite imprisonment of any person deemed to be opposed to him.”
“Duly” is an adverb meaning punctually or on time or in accordance with what is required or appropriate.
“It was duly noted on the attendance roster that the cadet was in bed at the time of the murder and so could not be considered a suspect.”
“Dully” is an adverb meaning lacking in interest or excitement.
“She was bored in class and thumped her fingers dully and without thought on the desk.”
Closely read the following pieces and identify and correct all the writing errors.
“Estimated, that is.
This is not a complete thought.
“It is estimated.
“Which is a good thing, since the sewer in question has been on the brink of a ‘catastrophic collapse’ since 2003, and has been a big expensive mess waiting to happen.”
This begins with a subordinate conjunction and has no principal clause with which to connect, so it is an incomplete thought. The correct pronoun must be used.
“This is a good thing, since the sewer in question has been on the brink of a ‘catastrophic collapse’ since 2003, and has been a big expensive mess waiting to happen.”
Where is the verb?
“And it is toxic.”
“ ‘Every once in awhile we get one of these,’ city engineer Mario Sonego told council when questioned on the cost.”
“Awhile” is an adverb meaning “for a short while”; it does not mean the same thing as the noun and its indefinite article “a while”. The author has used the wrong one.
“ ‘Every once in a while we get one of these,’ city engineer Mario Sonego told council when questioned on the cost.”
“Lost in the mists of time.”
Where is the verb?
“It is lost in the mists of time.”
There are ten errors in the following sentences. Identify and correct them.
BONUS: Get TWO GOLD STARS if you find eleven errors. (One of the STARS is for proving that I cannot count.)
She should of went back to school so she could learn to write.
“Went”is incorrect; the past participle must be used.
“Of” is not an acceptable substitute for “have”.
She should have gone back to school so she could learn to write. (1, 2)
He don’t like to admit it but he is colour blind.
“Don’t” is incorrect.
He doesn’t like to admit it but he is colour blind. (3)
The happy couple went too the his and her’s shop to get some new toys.
“Too” does not indicate direction.
The happy couple went to the his and hers shop to get some new toys. (4,5)
We have to measure the width and height of the door before we try to bring that big thing in.
There is no such word as “heighth”.
We have to measure the width and height of the door before we try to bring that big thing in. (6)
The coach and myself are going to reassess the efforts of each player to try to change this losing streak to a winning streak.
“Myself” is a reflexive pronoun and is incorrect in this context.
The coach and I are going to reassess the efforts of each player to try to change this losing streak to a winning streak. (7)
I was at the accident and I seen who was at fault.
“Seen” is misused; it requires an auxiliary verb.
I was at the accident and I saw who was at fault. (8)
She was angry and knocked the glass off of the table.
“Off of” is incorrect; the two words cannot be used together.
She was angry and knocked the glass off the table. (9)
He was so happy with the results he didn’t hardly know what to say.
“Didn’t hardly know” is a double negative and cannot be used.
He was so happy with the results he didn’t know what to say. (10)
I should have ran away but I was too ascared to move.
“Ascared” is not a word.
I should have ran away but I was too scared to move. (11)
“Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.”
Bill Watterson, the “Calvin and Hobbes” cartoonist born in 1958, wrote this.
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
“Vexation” (n.) refers to annoyance, frustration, irritation or anger.
“Learning to use a new smart phone is a vexation that runs to total frustration.”
“Officious” (adj.) means assertive of authority, meddlesome, bothersome, intrusive, self-important or interfering.
“The officious old principal was thoroughly disliked because of her constant micro-managing.”
“Odious” (adj.) means detestable, abominable, unlikeable or hateful.
“The stench of a rotting body is an odious attack on one’s sense of smell.”
“Travesty” (n.) refers to a farce, a mockery, a parody, a fraud or a hoax.
“The theft by the lawyer of his client’s trust fund was a travesty of morality and justice.”
“Ablactate” (v.) means to wean or accustom a child to food other that mother’s milk.
“It is sometimes difficult for a young parent to know when to ablactate her child and to introduce solid food.”