Here are the corrections and explanations for this week’s entries.
“Atheism is a non-prophet organization.”
“I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me .”
TODAY’S FIX-IT PROJECTS
Find, identify and correct the errors in the following pieces.
“ ‘The combination of vehicles here is most unique and I do not believe that you can go anywhere in Canada today and find this collection of electric vehicles,’ said Klaus.”
“Unique” cannot take a modifier because it is one of a kind and cannot be compared.
“ ‘The combination of vehicles here is unique and I do not believe that you can go anywhere in Canada today and find this collection of electric vehicles,’ said Klaus.”
“ ‘And we’re going to have a meeting of the members within the next month, that’s not an issue,’ said Horwitz.”
The comma is incorrect and creates a run-on sentence. It must be replaced.
“ ‘And we’re going to have a meeting of the members within the next month; that’s not an issue,’ said Horwitz.”
“The-shuffle-as-regeneration scenario presupposes that elevating figures such as Rempel, Leitch, Bergen, and other perceived up-and-comers such as Chris Alexander and Pierre Poilieyre, will materially renew the government’s image and brand. Except that these folks have already been front and centre for more than a year.”
“Except” is a subordinate conjunction, so what follows it is a subordinate clause that cannot stand alone and must be connected to another clause.
“The-shuffle-as-regeneration scenario presupposes that elevating figures such as Rempel, Leitch, Bergen, and other perceived up-and-comers such as Chris Alexander and Pierre Poilieyre, will materially renew the government’s image and brand, except that these folks have already been front and centre for more than a year.”
“Veracious” is an adjective meaning truthful, genuine, literal or honest. Its root is the Latin “verax” which means truth.
“Verity” is a common form of the word.
“”She was veracious and forthcoming in her address to the graduates and was greatly appreciated.”
“Voracious” is an adjective meaning excessively greedy and grasping or ravenous.
“His appetite was voracious and his huge waistline proved it.”
A “wreath” is a noun referring to one circle of green such as cedar. It rhymes with “teeth”.
“A wreath was put on the head of a race winner in Roman games.”
“Wreaths” is also a noun and is the plural of “wreath” and it rhymes with “heaths”.
“The wreaths decorating the doorways are really beautiful.”
“Wreathe” is a verb and means to decorate something with wreaths and it rhymes with “breathe”.
“Salome would wreathe herself in veils to do her famous dances.”
“Wreathes” is the plural of “wreathe”. It is also a verb.
“The spies wreathed themselves in vines and leaves and were able to sneak up, undetected, to the enemy camp.”
“Incredulous” is an adjective meaning “unbelievable or sceptical.
“She made so many claims about her prowess as an archer and I really was incredulous about them.”
“Incredible” is an adjective meaning beyond belief or unbelievably good.
“That was an incredible feat of strength which I know few people could accomplish.
WOW! IS THIS EVER TRUE!
“Nothing is worse than active ignorance.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, a German dramatist, novelist, poet and scientist who lived from 1749 to 1832, wrote this.
THIS WEEK’S WORDS
“Indecorous” (adj.) means lacking propriety and good taste in manners, indelicate, indecent, inappropriate or unseemly.
“His indecorous attitude and behaviour toward women in the office caused them to avoid him whenever and wherever possible.”
“Verisimilitude” (n.) refers to the appearance of truth, believability, credibility or the quality of seeming to be true.
“The minute details about the crime scene were so vivid that they gave the novel a sense of verisimilitude.”
“Wherewithal” (n.) refers to the means or substance needed for a particular purpose.
“He lacked the wherewithal to pay his bail money so he remained in jail.”
“Monger” (n.) refers to a dealer in some quantity, a bargainer, dealer, trader or a person who promotes a specified activity, situation, or feeling, especially one that is undesirable or discreditable.
“He was a monger who roamed the streets ranting and trying to trade, but few knew what he had to Really offer.”
“Fishmonger” and “scaremonger” are two “monger” words.jUNE 14, 2013