Here are the corrections and explanations for last week’s entries.
Find, identify and correct the errors in the following pieces. Look very closely; there is more than what is easily apparent.
“ ‘I’ve seen how college athletes have taken similar experiences and used it.’ ”
“It” is singular and cannot be used to refer to “experiences” because they do not agree.
“ ‘I’ve seen how college athletes have taken similar experiences and used them.’”
“It also stated: ‘Input is always welcome, regardless of the source, nothing is discarded…’ ”
The punctuation is incorrect and makes a run-on sentence. A semi-colon is one solution.
“It also stated: ‘Input is always welcome; regardless of the source, nothing is discarded…’ ”
Find and correct the following pieces. Be sure to explain the errors.
“The truth is that the percentage of amateurs using anchored putters is minuscule compared to the near 20 percent who do so on the PGA Tour, and you don’t need to be Einstein to figure out why. Because anchoring helps nerves and jumpy hands out of putting.”
The last group of words beginning with “because” is an incomplete thought because “because” is a subordinate conjunction.
The last four words do not make sense and should be changed.
“The truth is that the percentage of amateurs using anchored putters is minuscule compared to the near 20 percent who do so on the PGA Tour, and you don’t need to be Einstein to figure out why. It is because anchoring helps nerves and jumpy hands when putting.”
“Colucci is also probably one of the few government accountants in the country that the private sector would fight over.”
“Colucci” is a person and should be referred to with a personal pronoun.
“Over” is a preposition and should not be used at the end of a sentence. Mind you, I am being picky, but I am being correct.
“Colucci is also probably one of the few government accountants in the country over whom the private sector would fight.”
“Contrary” is a noun used to reply to an opposing point. It presents the reverse side.
“Contrary to popular belief, I really am a sensitive and caring person, especially when it comes to fine writing.”
“Contrast” is a noun used when a distinction is being made that does not involve opposition.
“In Toronto, I do not need a car; in contrast, a car is a must in a city like Detroit where there is no mass transit system.”
Are there errors in the following example?
If there are errors, identify and correct them. Be sure to state reasons.
If there are no errors, defend your position with composition logic.
“They also jacked up the taxes on those bills to pay for all the windmills and solar panels they bought to save the polar bears. End of story.
Not to Windsor’s activists, however.”
I know the writer is trying to punctuate his opinions and I accept that. But his sentence structure is still incorrect.
“End of story,” is not a sentence.
“Not to Windsor’s activists, however,” is not a sentence. It also begins a new paragraph with the same incomplete thought but should be connected to its reference point.
“They also jacked up the taxes on those bills to pay for all the windmills and solar panels they bought to save the polar bears. That’s the end of story; not to Windsor’s activists, however.”
“Dozen” is a precise number noun, like “two” or “twelve”. Therefore, I would have ten eggs or a dozen eggs, not a dozen of eggs.
“I have two dozens of eggs.” (INCORRECT)
“I have two dozen eggs.” (CORRECT)
“Dozens of eggs were thrown at the arrogant politician at last night’s rally.” (CORRECT)
GOOD TO KEEP IN MIND
“He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.”
Harold Wilson, the British Prime Minister who lived from 1916 to 1995, said this.
LAST WEEK’S WORDS
“Concomitant” (adj.) means accompanying, following as a consequence, affiliated or connected.
“Concomitance” is a noun form.
“Concomitancy” is another noun form.
“Concomitantly” is the adverb form.
“She loved travel, even with the concomitant headaches and delays.”
“Delectation” (n.) refers to pleasure, delight, gusto, relish or zest.
“The delectation and utter joy recieved from listening to great music is immeasurable.”
“Defunct” (adj.) means no longer in effect or use, inactive or having ceased to exist.
“Many a sports league forms with high hopes but most are totally defunct within a year or two.”
“Vilification” (n.) refers to a malignment, a defamation, a slur or to speak evil of someone.
“Vilify” is the verb form.
“Many a teen will vilify another in an attempt to seem superior and that is considered bullying.”
“Discomfit” (v.) means to discompose, to upset or to cause the loss of one’s composure.
“Her stare was intense enough to discomfit any ogler who tried to look her over.”