VACATION IS OVER
I have had two weeks of vacation and I think many who contribute to my local newspaper have done the same thing, except, they are still on vacation. They should have used that time to go to grammar and sentence structure school because the number of errors they made during my time off was, and is, appalling. So, for the rest of the week, I am going to list the actual efforts of the professionals that I jotted down during my time off.
This blog has been publishing since 2007 in an effort to help improve writing skills. That’s seven years! Wow! Unfortunately, many of the writers being cited today have been contributors since the beginning. Double Wow! I have taught classes of slow learners in my day, but none was ever this slow. That’s a sad, but true, commentary.
CORRECT THE ERRORS
Find, identify and correct the errors in the following examples. Just for fun, note the publication dates of each.
“We don’t expect that’s totally going to eliminate wildlife populations in the city, but we do expect it to have an impact on those populations that are feeding off of the garbage … out just in a bag,” she said.
Anne- Marie Albidone, in a Michelle mark story, “Garbage container rules set to change”, The Windsor Star, June 30, 2014.
“Witnesses also said a man was taken away on a stretcher, laying on his stomach.”
Area Briefs, “Man, woman hurt in double shooting”, The Windsor Star, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
“Not when the public board has 15,000 more students and 10 more schools than its Catholic counterpart.
Editorial Opinion, Toppling the top-heavy Catholic board”, The Windsor Star, Wednesday, July 2, 2014.
The word for today is “discrepant”.
What part of speech is “discrepant”?
Define “discrepant” and use it in a sentence that demonstrates its meaning.