Here are the corrections and explanations for last week’s entries.
MONDAY PUN FUN DAY
Here we go again.
“That girl said she met me at a Vegetarian restaurant, but I never met herbivore.”
“Two Eskimos, out to fish in their canoe got cold and decided to build a small fire in the bottom of their canoe to keep warm. Of course the boat caught fire and sank, proving that you can’t have your kayak and heat it too.”
“An appeals court has upheld a ban on pitbulls. That’s another victory in the war on terrier.”
“Imminence” is a noun referring to the state of being likely to happen soon, forthcoming or impending.
“The imminence of a major quake was brought to the fore in California this week and it scared people tremendously.”
“Eminence” is a noun referring to high status, importance, superiority or distinction.
“The eminence of that saintly man is known throughout the world and he commands respect for his kindness and humanity.”
“Perspective” is usually a noun and refers to a way of regarding a situation or topic. It usually has to do with sight.
“My perspective is that we must, for the good of mankind, change the word tolerance to respect.”
“Prospective” is usually an adjective and is concerned with future potential, imminent or pending.
“Your prospective earnings are completely dependent upon your willingness to word long hours and to put the company needs ahead of your own.”
MARK THESE WRITING EFFORTS
Find, identify and correct the less-than-stellar writing efforts seen below.
“The first suggestion is to bring the bikes indoors or at least keep it out of sight whenever possible.”
“It” is a singular, relative pronoun referring to a plural antecedent, “bikes”. One of the two words has to be changed.
“The first suggestion is to bring the bikes indoors or at least keep them out of sight whenever possible.”
“ ‘Then they can open up a bank account and then — and only then — they can start receiving money and spending money. Because their campaign period begins the day they are nominated and file with the clerk.’ ”
“Because” cannot be use to start its own independent thought because it is a subordinate conjunction. Fix the punctuation to fix the problem.
I do not like dashes and they should be replaced with commas. Usually, they are not incorrect; I just think they are a cop-out for proper punctuation.
“ ‘Then they can open up a bank account and then, and only then, they can start receiving money and spending money because their campaign period begins the day they are nominated and file with the clerk.’ ”
“ ‘It’s an older building with prohibitive repair costs and dwindling population,’ Scantlebury said. ‘Closure has been hanging over that school community, they just didn’t know when. Now they know what’s going to happen.’ ”
The comma after “community” is incorrect and creates a run-on sentence.
“ ‘It’s an older building with prohibitive repair costs and dwindling population,’ Scantlebury said. ‘Closure has been hanging over that school community; they just didn’t know when. Now they know what’s going to happen.’ ”
Bonus: Receive a GOLD STAR for naming and explaining the writing device in the title of this exercise.
The title, “MARK THESE WRITING EFFORTS” is an example of double entendre. “Mark” means “to take note” and “to correct”.
Read the following examples and find, identify and correct the errors in them.
“It’s just you and me who won’t be allowed to hold a phone in a car, even if it isn’t moving.”
The pronoun “me” is incorrect because it is in the objective case but must, after a copula verb, be in the subjective case.
“It’s just you and I who won’t be allowed to hold a phone in a car, even if it isn’t moving.”
“Even parks workers in city trucks.
Oh — and politicians, of course. And the families of all the above, and prosecutors and probably lawyers aligned with the right political parties.”
The first group of words is not a complete thought. Actually, there are no verbs anywhere; therefore, what action or meaning is intended? Who knows?
And, why is the whole thing placed in two paragraphs when it is all related?
“There are even parks workers in city trucks and politicians, of course, and the families of all the above, and prosecutors and probably lawyers aligned with the right political parties.”
“So many people will still be on the phone in their cars after this law passes, others will feel like chumps for obeying the law. Just as we do now for obeying speed limits.”
The internal punctuation is all incorrect and must be redone.
“So many people will still be on the phone in their cars after this law passes; others will feel like chumps for obeying the law, just as we do now for obeying speed limits.”
“So it’s a crime the province isn’t serious enough about the law to make everyone accountable. Or by making a distinction between talking and texting.”
The last group of words is not a complete thought; insert a conjunction to fix it.
“So it’s a crime the province isn’t serious enough about the law to make everyone accountable or by making a distinction between talking and texting.”
HONOURING THE APPROACHING SCHOOL TERM
“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
Aristotle, a Greek philosopher and physicist who lived from 384 BC to 322 BC, wrote this.
THIS WEEK’S WORDS
“Imprecate” (v.) means to wish harm upon, to curse, to blaspheme or to damn.
“”I, unequivocally, imprecate you and your cult with genocide and hope you rot in hell.”
“Erudition” (n.) refers to profound knowledge, learnedness or scholarship.
“Your erudition shines when your so simple explain such complicated physics questions.”
“Exactitude” (n.) refers to accuracy, inflexibility or rigidity.
“You may profess that exactitude is your motivation for your harshness with your students, but I think you are just a very mean, power-driven prig.”
“Reciprocate” (v.) means to act or give in return, to repay or to answer back.
“When given a compliment one should reciprocate in kind.”
There will be some changes coming to Michael’s English Usage in September. Check for them next week.