Here are the corrections and explanations for this week’s blog posts.
Find, identify and correct the errors in the following pieces.
“ ‘If there’s one thing for sure, it’s the vast majority of people are very unhappy with the disrespect the government has shown for their dollars,’ said Horvath.”
“Majority” is a collective, single noun and requires a singular verb.
“ ‘If there’s one thing for sure, it’s the vast majority of people is very unhappy with the disrespect the government has shown for their dollars,’ said Horvath.”
“The cop-outs, the finger pointing and most of all, the indifference.”
Where’s the verb?
“The cop-outs, the finger pointing and most of all, the indifference of the politicians are despicable.”
“But neither of them were interested in overseeing the operation.”
“Neither” is a singular word requiring a singular verb.
“But neither of them was interested in overseeing the operation.”
And what about Medbuy, the organization owned by hospitals – including Windsor Regional – to make group purchases for them?”
“And what about…” has no meaning because it has no verb.
And what do we know about Medbuy, the organization owned by hospitals – including Windsor Regional – to make group purchases for them?”
Find, identify and correct the error in the following example. I really think there is a second error; if you agree, identify and correct it.
“It was Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia who sunk the day’s only hole in one, we’re told on the back nine.”
“Sunk” is completely incorrect it is a past participle and requires an auxiliary verb.
This is a run-on sentence. Reword it and change the punctuation.
“It was Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia who sank the day’s only hole in one; we’re told it occurred on the back nine.”
Find, identify and correct the error in the following.
“Windsor-born attorney Stephen Roberts is one of those men who are easy to envy.”
“Stephen Roberts” is the subject of the sentence and the name is singular. A plural verb is unacceptable, especially since “men” is not the subject of the verb.
“Windsor-born attorney Stephen Roberts is one of those men who is easy to envy.”
All three words are nouns.
A “meteoroid” is a chunk of rock out in space.
“The scientists were terrified that the meteoroid was too close to earth’s orbit and it might hit the earth.”
A “meteor” is the resulting streak of light seen when a meteoroid plummets through the earth’s atmosphere.
“They watched it streak through the sky and were fascinated by the length of the meteor even at the great distance it was from the earth itself.”
A “meteorite” is a “meteoroid that lands on the ground after plummeting through space.
“The “meteorite” discovered on a remote Russian plain a few years ago was found in a huge crater.”
BONUS: Win a GOLD STAR for explaining the difference between a “meteor” and a “comet”.
A “comet” is a mass of ice and dust whose tail is produced not inside our atmosphere but out in space.
A NOBLE SENTIMENT
“A good man would prefer to be defeated than to defeat injustice by evil means.”
Sallust, a Roman historian and politician who lived from 86 BC to 34 BC, wrote this.
THIS WEEK’S WORDS
“Resplendent” (adj.) means having great beauty and splendour, magnificent or attractive.
“The queen was resplendent in her ceremonial robes, orb of office and bejewelled crown.”
“Countenance” (v.) means to give permission, to allow, to enable or to let.
“The mother said she would never countenance her eleven year old daughter dating a sixteen year old.”
“Countenance” (n.) refers to the face, the visage, the mug or the physiognomy.
“Betsy has the countenance of an angel and a personality to suit.”
“Remorseless” (adj.) means to have or show no mercy, pitiless, ruthless, fierce or cutthroat.
“His remorseless badgering and bullying of his students resulted in the athletic office terminating his contract.”
“Minion” (n.) refers to a follower, a leech, a parasite or a follower.
“The arrogant dictator treated his driver as a lowly minion and mere slave having to bow and scrape just to keep his job.”