Sunday, May 25, 2008

CORRECTIONS & EXPLANATIONS - May 25, 2008

Here are the corrections for last week's postings.

Monday

Make the corrections.

"Him and his son pretty much had the Pinery to himself..."

“Him” is the objective case and cannot be used as the subject.
“Himself” is a reflexive pronoun referring back to one person; but there are two people. Therefore a plural pronoun is needed.
“Pretty much” is a trite and misused cliché. It should be changed.


"He and his son practically had the Pinery to themselves..."


Tuesday

PODIUM/LECTERN

A “podium” is a raised platform on which one stands to give a speech.

A “lectern” is the furniture unit on which notes are placed and behind which an orator stands while speaking.


Wednesday

Identify and correct the error in the sentence below.

"I am not really up on where they get their guidelines from."

“From is dangling and redundant. It should be eliminated.

"I am not really up on where they get their guidelines."


Thursday

EXALT/EXULT

Exalt” means to raise something high, to praise or to laud.

Exult” means to celebrate joyfully, to revel or to take pride.


Friday

One of the following sentences has an error in it.
What is the error?


Incorrect:
"Under the terms of the proposed tunnel deal, the Ontario government would first loan the $75 million to the recently formed Windsor-Detroit Tunnel Corporation."

“Loan” is a noun.
“Lend” is a verb.
The two are not interchangeable.


"Under the terms of the proposed tunnel deal, the Ontario government would first lend the $75 million to the recently formed Windsor-Detroit Tunnel Corporation."

Correct:
"The Windsor tunnel corporation is responsible for paying back the loan."


THIS WEEK’S WORDS

Stupor” (n.) means a trance, a coma or a daze.

Cupidity” (n.) means greediness, avarice or covetousness.

Alacrity” (n.) means eagerness, readiness or quickness.

Apoplectic” (adj.) furious, irate, annoyed or extremely angry.

Dogmatic” (adj.) means inflexible, unbending

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