MAJOR GRAMMAR TEST
The following pieces of writing have been gathered over the last month from my local newspaper and each example has at least one major composition or grammar error.
Keeping in mind that all were written by paid, professional journalists and/or opinion writers, find, identify and correct all the errors.
In case you are wondering, I found fourteen errors in the seven examples.
“The city is doing an environmental assessment for the possible expansion of Lauzon Parkway, which could extend the main thoroughfare from E.C. Row Expressway in the north to Highway 401 and then possibly further south to Highway 3.”
Derek Spalding, “A Welcome Site”, The Windsor Star, Thursday, July 16, 2015.
“Respondents were also worried about commercialization of public space: 39 per cent said they disapproved of Mother Canada — which includes plans for a gift shop — because of its located in a national park, followed by objections to its size and appearance.”
Sadaf Ahsan, National Post, “Canadians give thumbs-down to grandiose memorials: poll”, The Windsor Star, July 13, 2015.
“It’s a very special award for myself and my family.”
Marty Komsa, in a Jesselyn Cook story, “WFCU president Komsa receives Lifetime Achievement Award”, The Windsor Star, Saturday, June 20, 2015.
“ ‘We’re prepared to move forward, and try to do that simultaneously,’ said Elliott. He and others are anxious to complete the project as soon as possible.”
Jesselyn Cook, “New YMCA to open early next year”, The Windsor Star, Friday, June 19, 2015.
“The virtue of the plan the Liberals have just released, then, is its radicalism. It does not always go as far as it should, it is often light on details, it contains some significant omissions, but it is impossible to dismiss this reform package as mere show.”
Andrew Coyne, National Post, “Trudeau’s plan substantive”,The Windsor Star,Thursday, June 18, 2015.
“ ‘Her main concern was that our buses were idling, which is not the truth,’ Giorgi said. ‘It’s something the drivers are trained on, they’re trained thoroughly that buses are not to be idling at all.’ ”
Alex Brockman, quoting Andrea Giorgi in a Windsor Star story, “Walkerville woman blocks bus service to St. Anne school”, Thursday, June 18, 2015.
“However, in this new two-year program graduates see hope on several fronts.
The first being less competition among fellow grads as there won’t be another graduating class of teachers for two years.”
Dave Waddell, “Teaching graduates welcome changes to program in face of tough job market”, The Windsor Star, June 17, 2015.
CORRECTIONS & EXPLANATIONS
Corrections and explanations for these examples will be provided next week.