Here are the corrections and explanations for this week’s entries.
MONDAY PUN DAY
A backward poet writes inverse.
When chemists die, they barium .
“Dynamic” is an adjective meaning active, forceful or characterized by energy or effective action.
“He was a brilliant orator and his dynamic energy infused the crowd with hope and enjoyment.”
“Dynamics” is a noun from the branch of physics or mechanics dealing with force or effective motion.
“I studied the dynamics of aviation when I was taking my degree in engineering.”
“Dynamo” is a noun referring to a rotating machine in which mechanical energy can be converted to electrical energy.
The dynamo on the Niagara River is huge and supplies electricity to both Canada and the united States.”
“Regardless” is an adverb meaning without regard or despite the prevailing circumstances.
“They were determined to carry on regardless of the dangers and difficulties of the mission.”
“Irregardless” is not a word and should never be mouthed or used in writing.
“Irrespective” is an adjective meaning to not take something into account or regardless.
“Child benefits are paid irrespective of the income levels of the parents or guardians.”
Find, identify and correct the errors in the following pieces.
“Though the bridge was voted the worst road locally, it was no one near the province’s top contenders.”
This was not proof read; the second part does not make sense; it must be reworded.
“Though the bridge was voted the worst road locally, it was not near the province’s top contenders.”
“That will work could begin as early as next week and residents will be alerted, he said.”
This also was not edited carefully and must be reworded.
“That work could begin as early as next week and residents will be alerted, he said.”
“Not with taxpayers, who watched as her predecessor frittered away billions of dollars and became mired in scandal after scandal.”
This is an incomplete thought; the writer is answering a question that was posed in the previous sentence without creating a follow-up sentence.
The comma is unnecessary and should be eliminated.
“This did not sit well with taxpayers who watched as her predecessor frittered away billions of dollars and became mired in scandal after scandal.”
“What is essential for us is that the envelope and that the pay dividend to the province remains intact … and I have asked them to keep the pay envelope at zero; zero over the next two years.”
What the speaker says does not make sense. It must be reworded by eliminating the second “that”.
The writer misused a semi-colon in the last part; it should be a comma.
“What is essential for us is that the envelope and the pay dividend to the province remains intact … and I have asked them to keep the pay envelope at zero, zero over the next two years.”
“ ‘Why would we Catholic and French teachers get more than public teachers”’ Sandals asked. Because that’s what their union negotiated for them?
“Because” is a subordinate conjunction and begins a dependant clause, so the last part is an incomplete thought.
“ ‘Why would we Catholic and French teachers get more than public teachers”’ Sandals asked. It happened because that’s what their union negotiated for them?
Fix the errors in the following sentences and give a reason for each correction.
“I wish he was able to type faster.”
“Was” is incorrect. The sentence is in the subjunctive or conditional mood and “was” cannot be used in that context.
“I wish he were able to type faster.”
“We could not stand him whining about everything.”
This is vague because we cannot tell who or what could not be stood, “him” or “whining”.
“We could not stand his whining about everything.”
“The president named myself to the committee.”
:Myself” is a reflexive pronoun and cannot be used is this situation because it does not reflect back to the subject.
“The president named me to the committee.”
“The winner was her.”
The copula verb “was” must have a nominative pronoun after it, not an objective one.
“The winner was she.”
Find, identify and correct the error in the following piece.
“A person lays on a heated grate at the corner of Bay Street and Wellington Street on a cold day in Toronto. A report makes several recommendations including more affordable housing.”
“Lays” is incorrect because it must have an object following.
“A person lies on a heated grate at the corner of Bay Street and Wellington Street on a cold day in Toronto. A report makes several recommendations including more affordable housing.”
WORTH THINKING ABOUT
“Believe those who are seeking the truth. Doubt those who find it.”
Andre Gide, a French critic, essayist and novelist who lived from 1869 to 1951, wrote this.
THIS WEEK’S WORDS
“Dubious” (adj.) means doubtful, debatable, chancy ir iffy.
“He was absent from the chamber so often that his efforts at being effective were dubious at best.”
“Assignation” (n.) refers to a meeting, a get together, a tryst or rendezvous.
“To avoid the press, their assignation was at a rundown hotel on the outskirts of town.”
“Circumspect” (adj.) means being careful about one’s conduct, judicious, sensible or prudent.
“The officers were very circumspect in their public statements in an effort to not prejudice their case against the suspect.”
“Monstrosity” (n.) refers to a monster, a freak, an animal, a mutation or a beast.
“Many science fiction and horror movies will have a monstrosity of some sort as the enemy to be overcome.”