Here are the corrections and explanations for this week’s entries.
MONDAY PUN DAY
These are cheap but funny.
“A vulture boards an air plane, carrying two dead raccoons.”
The stewardess looks at him and says, ‘I’m sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger.’ ”
“We are going on a class trip to the Coca-Cola factory . I hope there’s no pop quiz .”
Find and correct the errors in the following.
“Quality of life matters,” Francis said. Not just to us, but to others who are considering moving here or visiting. And to investors. Jobs follow people, the new thinking goes.
There is one quote. The rest belongs to the writer because it in not in quotation marks and should be in a separate paragraph. It also is not a complete thought because there is no principal clause.
“And to investors…”, is not a complete thought and must be reworked.
“ ‘Quality of life matters,” Francis said.
It matters , not just to us, but to others who are considering moving here or visiting. And it matters to investors. Jobs follow people, the new thinking goes.”
MICHAEL’S RULES OF CORRECT ENGLISH USAGE
Compound nouns usually pluralize the more important word.
father-in-law – fathers-in-law
governor-general – governors-general
lieutenant-general – lieutenant-generals
ANOTHER IN A SERIES
Find, identify and correct the error in the following piece.”
“The work is expected to continue Tuesday. A series of large augers are being pushed deep under the asphalt concrete just reached just south of where Ouellette Avenue meets Riverside Drive.”
The verb phrase, “…are being pushed…”, is the wrong tense; it should be singular because its subject is the singular “series”.
I do not understand the group of words, “just reached just south…”. It could be better worded.
“The work is expected to continue Tuesday. A series of large augers is being pushed deep under the asphalt concrete just south of where Ouellette Avenue meets Riverside Drive.”
“Luxuriant” is an adjective meaning abundant, lush or profuse.
“She had the most luxuriant head of hair I have ever seen.”
“Luxurious” is an adjective meaning voluptuous, decadent, furnishing gratification or princely.
“The spa was luxurious and just reeked of money and decadence.”
“O, beware, my lord, of jealousy!
It is the green-eyed monster which doth mock
The meat it feeds on.”
William Shakespeare, who lived from 1564 to 1616, put this into his play “Othello“.
Find, identify and correct the errors in the following pieces.
“Windsor has lost so many of its historic buildings,” he said. “It’s time to preserve what we hold dear to us. The way this sat the last several years as an empty shell was upsetting to myself and the community. We are excited to re-purpose this building.”
“Myself” is a reflexive pronoun and cannot be used in this context.
“Windsor has lost so many of its historic buildings,” he said. “It’s time to preserve what we hold dear to us. The way this sat the last several years as an empty shell was upsetting to me and the community. We are excited to re-purpose this building.”
“Or that you could lower your household bills by recycling, renovating and conserving?”
This is not a complete thought; it is a subordinate clause.
“Or you could lower your household bills by recycling, renovating and conserving?”
THIS WEEK’S WORDS
“Phrenetic” (adj.) means frantic, emotional, full of rage or other emotion or frenzied.
“She was beside herself with frenetic and near uncontrollable rage over the treatment the teacher handed out to her daughter.”
“Insouciance” (noun) refers to cheerfulness, carefreeness or blitheness.
“Her insouciance was remarkable considering the pressure she was under to perform flawlessly.”
“Inextricable” (adj.) means unresolvable, incapable of being disentangled or untied or released.
“For some very stringent and inextricable reasons I cannot get out of the contract and must perform tonight in a thoroughly repugnant place.”
“Ingratiate” (v.) means to bring into favour, to make popular, to gain favour, to manipulate or to play up to someone.
“If you want to succeed in this business, you must ingratiate yourself with the casting agents and studio executives regardless of your likes or dislikes among them.”