WHY I WRITE THIS BLOG
I am sorry to seem to be picking on one writer all the time but I cannot accept such poor writing technique without, at least, pointing out that there are rules of construction of sentences and paragraphs that mut be observed and, if they are not, I have the right, and necessity, to draw attention to them.
Newspaper writing, even opinion writing, should be grammatically correct. Newspaper writing is not tweeting; it is not poetry; it is not abbreviated street lingo. It is presented to inform the public, to teach, to persuade or to explain and should be correctly constructed; if it is not, it does a great disservice to the readers and is open to criticism and correction.
In the years I have written this grammar blog I have never criticized facts or opinions expressed by writers. I am solely interested in construction correctness. If a writer is grammatically incorrect, it is my obligation to teach and to demand correctness; I will never deviate from that mandate.
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.”
“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.”
“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.”
All examples are taken from a Chris Vander Doelen column, “Mobile money grab”, in The Windsor Star, Thursday, August 28, 2014.
The word for today is “exactitude”.
What part of speech is “exactitude”?
Define “exactitude” and use it in a sentence.
CORRECTIONS & EXPLANATIONS
Corrections and explanations for this week’s entries will be posted tomorrow, Friday.
There will be some changes coming to Michael’s English Usage in September. Check them next week.