ARE THESE EXAMPLES OF CORRECTLY CONSTRUCTED SENTENCES?
I see this error more and more and I cannot understand why it is becoming so prevalent among newspaper writers; regardless of how many times it is used, it is still incorrect.
At least the writer is consistent; unfortunately, he is consistently incorrect and, as such, is teaching his readership that poor writing is to be tolerated. He gets an “F” for his composition skills.
Find, identify, explain and correct the error in the following examples.
“Which is why the outcome of the vote is a foregone conclusion: most voters in the region, by far, want the new hospital, like where it will be built, and are willing to help pay for it.”
“Which put Kusmierczyk and several other councillors in a bind: their ardent supporters include the tiny crowd of lobbyists trying to derail the hospital with totally bogus complaints about the site selection process.”
“Which adds to the reluctance of some to vote for Dilkens’ one per cent tax levy: they’d prefer charging taxpayers two per cent more so they can spend more.”
“The latter way being tiresomely prevalent at all other levels of government these days.”
Chris Vander Doelen, “HOSPITAL VOTE A NO-BRAINER”, The Windsor Star, Saturday, April 23, 2016.
THE USUAL ERROR
How many people make this error on a regular basis?
Identify and correct the error in the following piece. Explain your choice.
“ ‘Data shows an even bigger impact on businesses simply going from one-way to two-way streets,’ Bortolin said. ‘It’s slower traffic. And there are more eyeballs on the street.’ ”
Rino Bortolin, Windsor City Councillor, in a Craig Pearson story, “Should Dougall and downtown streets be two-way?”