Here are the corrections and explanations for this week’s entries.
Make sentences with the following headings taken from the Windsor Star of January 6, 2014.
“House all about family for 125 years”
“The house has been all about family for 125 years.”
“Ke$ha in rehab for eating disorder”
“Ke$ha is in rehab for an eating disorder.”
MONDAY PUN DAY
Let us start the year with the right tone and attitude. Since school is back in session, we will start with the basics.
“Math teachers have lots of problems.”
“The coffee tasted like mud because it was ground a couple of minutes ago.
MICHAEL’S RULES OF CORRECT ENGLISH USAGE
ADJECTIVES – POSITIVE, COMPARATIVE & SUPERLATIVE
Showing different degrees with adjectives is called comparison.
“Monday was a cold day.” (POSITIVE DEGREE)
“Today is a colder day.” (COMPARATIVE DEGREE)
“Tomorrow will be the coldest day.” (SUPERLATIVE DEGREE)
Create the comparative and superlative degrees of the following words: noble, clever, pretty, fast.
noble – nobler – noblest
clever – cleverer – cleverest
pretty – prettier – prettiest
fast – faster – fastest
Create the comparative and superlative degrees of the following without using “er” or “est” at the end of each word: wealthy, large, strong and quiet.
wealthy – more wealthy – most wealthiest
large – more large – most large
strong – more strong – most strong
quiet – more quiet – most quiet
What are the two methods of creating the comparative and superlative degrees of adjectives?
Method 1 – add “er” or “est” to the positive form of a word
Method 2 – use “more” or “most” with the positive form of the word.
CONSTRUCTION VS. STYLE
Here is a perfect example of a writer sacrificing proper construction for “punch” in his presentation. Challenge me if you want, but the construction is still far from correct.
Identify the (principle) errors in the following and correct them.
“All right, enough chemistry. Except for this: Steve Yzerman’s squadron of NHL executives, with some input from Mike Babcock’s coaching staff, finally kicked the last cat around 1 a.m. Monday night/ Tuesday morning, and decided that Sidney Crosby wasn’t complete without his Pittsburgh winger, Chris Kunitz.
And that Chicago captain Jonathan Toews would be better with Patrick Sharp riding shotgun. And that Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were inseparable. Ditto the St. Louis Blues defensive pair of Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo.
Also that Patrick Marleau was good enough to flourish without Joe Thornton, and Duncan Keith sans Brent Seabrook — two notable chemistry experiments that blew up in the Vancouver lab four years ago.”
I do not accept that newspaper writers should stop using correct writing rules when making their observations. In this example, there are so many incomplete thoughts and poor efforts at punctuation that I am not going to list each individually. Read the corrected version below.
“All right, enough chemistry, except for this: Steve Yzerman’s squadron of NHL executives, with some input from Mike Babcock’s coaching staff, finally kicked the last cat around 1 a.m. Monday night/ Tuesday morning, and decided that Sidney Crosby wasn’t complete without his Pittsburgh winger, Chris Kunitz and that Chicago captain Jonathan Toews would be better with Patrick Sharp riding shotgun. They determined that Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry were inseparable and the same applied to the St. Louis Blues defensive pair of Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Pietrangelo. Also, they deemed Patrick Marleau was good enough to flourish without Joe Thornton and Duncan Keith sans Brent Seabrook, two notable chemistry experiments that blew up in the Vancouver lab four years ago.”
“Precede” is a verb meaning to go before.
“The girls will precede the boys in marching into the theatre for the graduation ceremony.
“Procedes” is not a word.
“Proceed” is a verb meaning to move on or go forward.
“We will proceed with the ceremony regardless of the weather.”
“Insanity in individuals is something rare – but in groups, parties, nations and epochs, it is the rule.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, a German philosopher who lived from 1844 to 1900, wrote this.
THIS WEEK’S WORDS
“Slipshod” (adj.) means hasty, careless, slapdash or perfunctory.
“His work was so slipshod it had to be completely redone the next day.”
“Cerebrate” (v.) means to exercise the mind to make a decision, to cogitate or to think.
“Cerebral” is the adjective form.
“Cerebration” is the noun form.
“Do not just rant and rave. Cerebrate. Try to get your brain to come up with a solution to our dilemma so we can get on with our lives.”
“Apathetic” (adj.) means showing little or no emotion, showing a lack of interest, indifferent or heartless.
“Please, take that apathetic, I-don’t-care expression off your face because I know you really do care about your grades.”
“Preferential” (adj.) means manifesting partiality, discriminatory or advantageous.
“Just because you are older that I am doesn’t mean you should get preferential treatment from our parents.”