Here are the corrections and explanations for this week’s blog entries.
MONDAY PUN DAY
Here we go again.
“Why were the Indians here first ? They had
“If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you’d be in Seine.”
“Knew” is the past tense of the verb “to know”.
“I felt and knew she would become head of that company because she was such a good leader.”
“Known” is the past participle of the verb “to know” and is used in the perfect tenses.
“I should have known better but, at least, I tried to run that marathon.”
“Knowed” is not a word, though it is often used regionally.
MICHAEL’S RULES OF CORRECT ENGLISH USAGE
PARALLELISM IN A SERIES
Phrases in a series separated by commas or conjunctions must all have the same grammatical form.
“She loved running marathons, to feel the wind in her hair and training.” (INCORRECT)
“She loved to run marathons, to feel the wind in her hair and to practice.” (CORRECT)
In this case, correct grammar construction trumps repetition.
“Playwrite” is not a word.
“Play write” could be an acceptable construction, as in, ‘Let us play write and see what we can create.’
“Playwright” is the word for a person who has composed words into some dramatic form meant to be presented to an audience.
“The works of the playwright Shakespeare are the most famous, most widely read, studied and performed in the world.”
“More” is a comparative adjective meaning greater in size, amount or extent.
“More” is used when comparing two things.
“That Dyson vacuum cleaner is the more powerful of the two tested.”
“Most” is a superlative adjective meaning the greatest number, extent or degree.
“Most” is used when comparing more that two things.
“There are many entrees on the menu but this one is the most tasty.”
Find, identify and correct all the errors you can find in the following examples.
“Inmate cost jail guards their jobs”
The subject and verb do not agree.
“Inmate costs jail guards their jobs”
“Windsor has been served by Goodwill Industries until 2001 when the organization, operating as Helms Industries for its final three years, closed citing a loss of government funding and a cancelled contract.”
The verb “has been served” is the wrong tense and does not correspond to the rest of the tenses in the sentence.
“Windsor had been served by Goodwill Industries until 2001 when the organization, operating as Helms Industries for its final three years, closed citing a loss of government funding and a cancelled contract.”
“ ‘We have a very talented individual who’s not using their talent to the betterment of the community,’ Miceli tells Boesveld. ‘Give me a call, come see me and we’ll see if we can use your skill set.’ ”
“Their” is a plural pronoun referring to a singular antecedent. It must be changed to a generic, singular pronoun.
I do not like the abbreviated “who’s”. It should be changed to the full form. This is a personal preference, really.
“ ‘We have a very talented individual who is not using his talent to the betterment of the community,’ Miceli tells Boesveld. ‘Give me a call, come see me and we’ll see if we can use your skill set.’ ”
“It was a great novelty in the beginning, it put our sculpture garden on the map. But there comes a point in time when you’ve got to say to yourself, ‘This is no longer about a prank, if you will, it’s more about someone wants to send a message.’ Well, it’s unfortunate that they don’t use their talents with our Adopt a Park program. We could really use their skills, because they’re very, very good, whoever’s doing it, at being able to, uh, shape things.”
The punctuation is abominable and I put that squarely on the writer.
The speaker could use some help is structuring his sentences.
“Someone” should be changed to “some people” to keep the agreement correct.
“The pronoun “they” is used to refer to “someone” which is singular. It must be corrected.
“It was a great novelty in the beginning; it put our sculpture garden on the map. But there comes a point in time when you’ve got to say to yourself, ‘This is no longer about a prank; if you will, it’s more about some people want to send a message.’ Well, it’s unfortunate that they don’t use their talents with our Adopt a Park program. We could really use their skills because they’re very, very good. Whoever’s doing it is very good at being able to, uh, shape things.”
A GOOD QUESTION
“Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?”
Bertrand Russell, a British author and philosopher who lived from 1872 to 1970, wrote this.
THIS WEEK’S WORDS
“Invective” (n.) refers to deep-seated ill-will, abuse, vitriol or revilement.
“The invective that poured out of his mouth was nothing short of vicious and calculated hatred that caused his audience to walk out in absolute disgust.”
“Patronize” (v.) means to sponsor, to nourish, to sustain or to assume sponsorship.
“I regularly patronize and donate to Stratford because I love to patronize Canadian performance art.”
“Patronize” also means to treat condescendingly, to look down upon or to coddle.
“Many politicians sneeringly patronize their constituents by ignoring their requests for improved public services.”
“Miscreant” (n.) refers to a wrongdoer, a reprobate or a cur.
“That little miscreant just stole my laptop after promising to mend his ways.”
“Lugubrious” (adj.) means excessively mournful, anguished, tormented or sorrowful.
“The lugubrious wailing of the professional mourner was loud and generally noise rather than true feeling.”