Here are the corrections and explanations for last week’s entries.
“Defence” is the British form of the word.
The emphasis is on the second syllable.
“The defence of a city during war is often in the hands of the women and children because the men are dead or away.”
“Defense” is the American form of the word.
The pronunciation which accents the first syllable,“DEE-fense”, should only be used for sports.
When discussing military, legal, or other sorts of defense, the emphasis is on the second syllable.
“Defense is often the strongest form of offense in winning games.”
Find, identify and correct the errors in the following pieces. I suggest there are four.
“This, despite the incorporation of physical activity in the daily curriculum of Ontario elementary schools.”
This is not a complete thought because there is no main verb. (1)
“This occurs, despite the incorporation of physical activity in the daily curriculum of Ontario elementary schools.”
“As with the roads budget, less projects are proceeding this year as council plays catch-up to several years of accelerated spending after the city took advantage of Ottawa’s stimulus program.”
“Less” is incorrect; it should be “fewer”. (2)
“As with the roads budget, fewer projects are proceeding this year as council plays catch-up to several years of accelerated spending after the city took advantage of Ottawa’s stimulus program.”
“Not the least of which being the recent news that U.S. law enforcement and Homeland Security officials face an average of 55 encounters per day with ‘known suspected terrorists’ on U.S. watchlists.”
Where is the verb? “Being” must be changed to “is”. (3)
“Watchlists” must be written as two words. (4)
“Not the least of which is the recent news that U.S. law enforcement and Homeland Security officials face an average of 55 encounters per day with ‘known suspected terrorists’ on U.S. watch lists.”
“Osculate” is a verb meaning to kiss or buss.
“Osculation” is the noun form.
“The lovers often osculate passionately and freely in most movies.”
“Oscillate” is a verb meaning to move rhythmically to and fro, to vibrate or to undulate.
“Oscillation” is the noun form.
“The fans oscillate slowly in an attempt to move the fetid air.”
Identify and correct the error in the following piece.
“ ‘Hopefully that won’t happen, but that’s the potential, we’ll have to wait and see,’ said, Favot, who was alone in his opposition to the school closures approved Tuesday.”
The comma after “potential” is incorrect; it should be a period, a semi-colon or a conjunction.
“ ‘Hopefully that won’t happen, but that’s the potential; we’ll have to wait and see,’ said, Favot, who was alone in his opposition to the school closures approved Tuesday.”
A LITTLE CHALLENGE
Read the following sentence. Identify and correct the error.
“The truck stop is a little ways down the road.”
“Ways” is dialectic and should not be used in this context. The singular for must be used.
“The truck stop is a little way down the road.”
A SMALL TEST
Each of the sentences below contains a basic error.
Identify, explain and correct the errors.
“Michael saw where the president was coming to the game.”
“Where” refers to place and is incorrect here.
‘Michael saw that the president was coming to the game.”
“That baseball player pitches well.”
Ha! Ha! This is correct. Fooled you!
“The winner of the silver medal was her.”
“Her”, despite common usage, must be in the nominative case because it follows a copula verb.
“The winner of the silver medal was she.”
“We are suppose to meet at seven.”
The past participle of “to suppose” must be used in this context.
“We are supposed to meet at seven.”
“He likes you more then me.”
The error is in using “then” for “than”.
“He likes you more than me.”
A NICE SENTIMENT
“An optimist is the human personification of spring.”
Susan J. Bissonette, an inspirational author, wrote this.
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
“Devastate” (v.) means to lay waste to, to ravage, to demolish or to destroy completely.
“Devastation” is the noun form.
“Fire and floods and tornadoes devastate the country every year.”
“The devastation caused by the wild fires in Colorado is massive and heartbreaking.”
“Genre” (n.) refers to a style or category of art, music, or literature.
The root is early 19th century French meaning kind.
“The science fiction genre has produced dozens of novels that have been made into movies.”
“Oxymoron” (n.) refers to a speech device of the conjoining contradictory terms.
“Shakespeare’s Juliet said, ‘Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow,’ to Romeo, her young lover.”
“Paltry” (adj.) means negligible, trifling, scant or miserable.
“A donation to a worthy charity of $100 by a multi-millionaire is a paltry and mean-spirited gift.”
“Capacious” (adj.) means ample, sizeable, large or capable of holding much.
“Her handbag was capacious and could hardly be considered a purse.”
Happy Canada Day
Happy Independence Day
Therefore, there will be no blog entries this week.