MICHAEL’S RULES OF CORRECT ENGLISH USAGE
SEPARATED SUBJECTS AND VERBS
A phrase or clause often separates the subject and the verb. The verb must still agree with the subject.
“The climate in both places are mild.” (INCORRECT)
“The climate in both places is mild.” (CORRECT)
CARELESS EDITING AND SPEAKING
Find, identify and correct the errors in the following pieces.
“A car passes an crumbling overpass in Montreal.”
Postmedia News photo caption for a story, “Premiers to challenge federal infrastructure, job plans”, The Windsor Star, Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
“ ‘There were golf courses (property assessment appeals) that they won,’ he said. ‘There were a number of industrial and commercial (assessment appeals). All of these appeals were upheld.’ ”
Russell Phillips, in a story by Monica Wolfson, “Unpaid taxes plague Amherstburg”, The Windsor Star, Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
The word for today is “irreconcilable”.
What part of speech is “irreconcilable”?
Define “irreconcilable” and use it in a sentence.