Here are the corrections and explanations for last week’s entries.
“Ravaging” is the present participle of the verb “to ravage” meaning to desolate, to lay waste to, to demolish or to destroy.
“The storm was ravaging in its intensity and the aftermath was total destruction of the trailer park.”
“Ravishing” is the present participle of the verb “to ravish” which means to rape or rob violently to dishonour or to violate.
“Ravishing” also means to hold spellbound, to enrapture or to entrance as in a woman having ravishing beauty. This became a popular concept in the middle ages when men spoke of a woman’s devastating beauty penetrating their hearts in an almost violent fashion.
“The soldiers quickly subdued the pitiful villagers and then spent hours ravaging every female they could find regardless of their ages.”
“As she strolled through the room her ravishing beauty caused heads to turn and tongues to wag.”
“Ravenous” is an adjective meaning extremely hungry, famished or craving food.
“The abused children were ravenous with hunger because their brutal caregivers used their support money to gamble and drink.”
Identify and correct the errors in the following examples. Be sure to give reasons to back up your corrections.
I suggest that one of the entries has more than one error. Find it.
“It also argues none of the piers need to be altered or torn down.”
The subject is “none” which is singular and which requires a singular verb.
“It also argues none of the piers needs to be altered or torn down.”
“Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is starting to look like one of those absurd cartoon figures who carry signs that read, ‘The End is Near’.”
“Who” refers back to “one”, not to “figures”. “One” is singular” and requires a singular verb.
“Green Party Leader Elizabeth May is starting to look like one of those absurd cartoon figures who carries signs that read, ‘The End is Near’.”
“ ‘I’ve been approached by 20 different people in the Greek community and none of them want to answer my questions but they want me to answer theirs,’ Lavin said.”
I repeat: “none” is singular and its verb, “wants” must agree and also be singular.
“ ‘I’ve been approached by 20 different people in the Greek community and none of them wants to answer my questions but they want me to answer theirs,’ Lavin said.”
“And for those who inevitably will claim that Brekke is a lone freak, a ‘denier’ who refuses to see the truth because he is in the pocket of some secret cabal of tarsand owners, there are many more who think the latest data means that global warming, as a theory, is probably deader that Sarah Palin’s presidential hopes.”
“Data” is plural and requires a plural verb.
I suggest that “tarsand” should be two words. My dictionary also suggests this.
“And for those who inevitably will claim that Brekke is a lone freak, a ‘denier’ who refuses to see the truth because he is in the pocket of some secret cabal of tar sand owners, there are many more who think the latest data mean that global warming, as a theory, is probably deader that Sarah Palin’s presidential hopes.”
Identify and correct the errors in the following pieces.
“ ‘Other things that need to be done with respect to the sexual component of harassment complaints is the amount of women we have in senior positions in the organization.’ ”
“Other things” is plural but only one thing is mentioned.
“Amount” is incorrect; it should be “number”.
The sentence still does not make sense when the corrections are made because it implies there may be too many women in senior positions; it should be worded more carefully.
“ ‘Another thing that needs to be done with respect to the sexual component of harassment complaints is to increase the number of women we have in senior positions in the organization.’ ”
“ ‘I think I can meet whoever I want, whenever I want,” he said.”
“Whoever” is incorrect; it should be “whomever” because it is the object of the verb “can meet”.
“ ‘I think I can meet whoever I want, whenever I want,” he said.”
IS THIS ONE INCORRECT?
This one is probably not incorrect but it does not sound right. Read it carefully and identify what might be a better wording. I confess I am becoming really picky here.
“Those funds get used to support extra-curricular activities and out-of-town tournament trips for sports teams.”
Using “get” implies that the funds, themselves, have the ability to be used. This is an impossible concept. The correct wording should be, “funds are used”.
My argument is predicated on the concept that “get” is universally misused and I wish the word could be stricken from the English language.
Eliminating the word “get” from one’s vocabulary would be a fantastic step to being more articulate.
“Those funds are used to support extra-curricular activities and out-of-town tournament trips for sports teams.”
The suffix “-gress” refers to an entrance or portal.
“Egress” is a noun referring to the act of going or passing out of a place or to the place of exiting.
“The egress from the caucus of the unpopular radical was accompanied by loud cheers of derision.”
“Ingress” is a noun referring to the act of entering a place or to the place of entry.
“Ingress to the estate by the enterprising thief was gained by means of the sewer system.”
“Regress” is a verb meaning to return, to revert, to return back or to relapse.
“Without education, society will regress into the chaos depicted in Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies’.”
“Disinterested” means objective or neutral.
“Often a pollster is disinterested in a person’s character and only concerned with that person’s product usage.”
“Uninterested” means having no care or interest in knowing, bored.
“The teen’s bored look was intended to convey the persona of an uninterested adult.”
WORTH TAKING TO HEART
“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States who lived from 1882 to 1945, said this.
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
“Poignant” (adj.) means keenly distressing to the mind or feelings, aching or painful. It can mean keen or strong in mental appeal, touching, heart-warming or inspiring. It can also mean pungent to taste or smell.
“The movie’s poignant music brought tears of sorrow and inspiration to the eyes of the audience.”
“Nonpareil” (n.) refers to one who has no equal, a model of perfection, an ideal or a saint.
There are four syllables in “nonpareil” and the emphasis is on the third syllable.
“The old man was revered by his followers for his kindness and wisdom and was considered by all in his village to be a nonpareil who would never be equalled.”
“Pathological” (adj.) means caused by or involving mental disease, morbid, compulsive and/or obsessive.
“She was found by the experts to be a pathological and emotionless liar who would say anything so long as it made her look good.”
“Emasculate” (v.) means to deprive of strength or vigour, to weaken, to remove the testicles of a male or to make more feminine.
“The fanatic screamed that the judge wanted to emasculate the law by removing the death penalty from consideration by the jury in the child molestation case.”
“Foment” (v.) means to stir up public feeling, to agitate, to spark or to provoke.
“The unruly crowd of anarchists tried to foment the overthrow of the government with its burning and looting of whatever was in its path.”