Here are the corrections and explanations for this week’s entries.
MONDAY PUN DAY
Word play is fun.
“Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly; so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.”
“I didn’t like my beard at first . Then it grew on me.”
Find, identify and correct the error in the example below.
“Toronto isn’t the only team this has happened to,” he said. “There has been many collapses in sports history. The sports world kind of came together.”
“There has been many collapses…” is incorrect; the subject and verb do not agree.
“Toronto isn’t the only team this has happened to,” he said. “There have been many collapses in sports history. The sports world kind of came together.”
MICHAEL’S RULES OF CORRECT ENGLISH USAGE
POSSESSIVE CASE IN NOUNS
To form the possessive case of singular nouns, add an apostrophe and “s”.
In the case of singular nouns with two “s” sounds, only the apostrophe is added.
To form the possessive case of plural nouns ending in “s”, add only the apostrophe.
“The three girls’ lockers”
Possession for things that are not living is expressed by a prepositional phrase beginning with “of”.
“The end of the road”
Write the possessive singular and possessive plural for the following: “bird”, “mother-in-law”,
“child”, “enemy” and “hero”.
“bird” – bird’s – “birds”
“mother-in-law – mother-in-law’s” – mothers-in-law’s”
“child” – “child’s” – “children’s”
“hero” – “hero’s” – “heroes’ ”
Fix the errors in the following piece.
“To be clear, I never personally saw Mr. Dale peering over the fence or taking pictures, my neighbour told me, however, that he did see someone doing this.”
There are too many commas and they create a run-on sentence.
“To be clear, I never personally saw Mr. Dale peering over the fence or taking pictures. My neighbour told me, however, that he did see someone doing this.”
“The true civilization is where every man gives to every other every right that he claims for himself.”
Robert Ingersoll, an American agnostic, lawyer and orator who lived from 1833 to 1899, wrote this.
THIS WEEK’S WORDS
“Oxymoron” (n.) is a figure of speech referring to a conjoining of contradictory words.
“Deafening silence” and “sweet sorrow” are oxymorons.
“Parting is such sweet sorrow that I will say goodnight ‘til it be morrow.” (Shakespeare)
“Aberrant” (adj.) means markedly different from the expected norm, perverse, abnormal or deviant.
“Her aberrant behaviour was so perverse, it was deemed necessary to hospitalize her so that she would do not more harm to society or to herself.”
“Stolid” (adj.) means unemotional, chilly, phlegmatic, tedious or dull.
“He was brilliantly intelligent but he was the most tedious, stolid lecturer I ever encountered.”
This is the last entry of Michael’s English Usage for the year.
The next entry will be Monday, January 6, 2013.
HAPPY NEW YEAR