DO THEY HAVE A CLUE ABOUT CONSTRUCTION?
I would think that people who write on a daily basis and who depend on their writing skills for a living could put forth a modicum, at the very least, of effort at being accurate in their presentations. I do not challenge what they say. My challenge to them is to properly construct what they write because if they cannot write correctly, their credibility is definitely tarnished.
So, in my ongoing crusade, I present some examples of professional writing that really needs some attention and, in my efforts to help them improve their craft. I have even put a title on each example to help focus correction efforts.
Now, find, identify and correct the errors in the examples below.
“A massive backlog of more than 1,100 licence applications are waiting to be processed by Health Canada.”
Doug Schmidt, “LEAMINGTON GROWER TO START SHIPPING POT”, The Windsor Star, Tuesday, December 2, 2014.
DICTION – GRAMMAR & PUNCTUATION
“ ‘Where you use to have 15 ( individual) training exercises, instead you now have three or four where everybody works together,; he said. ‘Now it’s second nature for us — far more than before.’ ”
DAVE BATTAGELLO, “First responders put to test at bridge”, The Windsor Star, Tuesday, December 2, 2014.
“Two of the last spending decisions by the outgoing city council was to approve the purchase of the Angileri property at 2437 Howard Ave. ($800,000) and for restoration work to the Bert Weeks fountain ($107,000).”
DOUG SCHMIDT, “Parks department takes over former Dilkens campaign HQ”, The Windsor Star, Wednesday, December 3, 2014.
DICTION – GRAMMAR
“There will be an outpouring of love and rivers of tears for the 83-year-old icon in the days to come, especially Sunday and Monday when he lays in wake in the Bell Centre.”
DAVE STUBBS, Postmedia News, “Beliveau transcended hockey to become the heart of Montreal”, The Windsor Star, Thursday, December 4, 2014.
DICTION – DUH!
“Emergency crews arrived to find the truck sitting along the fence line of a farmer’s field after leaving the highway in the eastbound lane just passed Manning Road shortly after 4 p.m.”
DEREK SPALDING, “Trucker suffers minor injuries in dramatic Highway 401 crash”, The Windsor Star, Thursday, December 11, 2014.
SENTENCE STRUCTURE – PUNCTUATION
“But Hydro went ahead they installed a million of these meters anyway, all across a generously forested province.”
CHRIS VANDER DOELEN, “Stupidity of smart meters”, The Windsor Star, Thursday, December 11, 2014.
SENTENCE STRUCTURE & PUNCTUATION
“People who are vaccinated are well protected, however there’s still a chance of contracting a contagious disease. For example, someone who gets the two required shots for measles are 99 per cent covered, but that leaves a one per cent chance of catching measles, a highly contagious respiratory disease that can be fatal if untreated.”
BRIAN CROSS, “Michigan’s ‘dangerously low’ vaccination rate a concern”, The Windsor Star, Monday, December 15, 2014.
The word for today is “mediocrity”.
What part of speech is “mediocrity”?
Define “mediocrity” and use it in a sentence of your own creation.
IF YOU WANT HELP …
If you cannot find the errors, feel free to send a comment to me. I welcome your comments and will gladly respond.