Wednesday, January 7, 2009

SUBTLE, BUT STILL INCORRECT

COMMON USAGE DOES NOT MAKE CORRECTNESS

There are errors in the following pieces. Find, explain and correct them.
Hint: the quotation gives a clue to one of the errors.


"But it will surely slow things down, and that's not what we need. Not when more than 100,000 vehicles and $800 million crosses the border from Ontario to the U.S. on a daily basis."
Lead editorial, "The border", The Windsor Star, Wednesday, January 7, 2009.

"Instead of requiring the signature of a notary, a person with a valid passport can now act as a guarantor, providing they've know the applicant for at least two years."
Lead editorial, "The border", The Windsor Star, Wednesday, January 7, 2009.


A GOOD ONE

Identify the author of the following:

“Love is the difficult realization that something other than oneself is real.”


TODAY'S WORD

The word for today is "concomitant".
Define "concomitant" and use it in a sentence.

2 comments:

andersontr2 said...

I don't know if I'm supposed to answer the questions here, but I'm going to, anyway!

First, it's supposed to be a quote, the actual documentation of the spoken word. Nobody says "$800 million". They would say 800 million dollars, and if that's the case, it should read, "800 million dollars cross the border..." instead of "$800 million crosses the border..."

Second, all I found wrong was the word "know" should be "known", as in "they've known for two years."

Now I've forgotten what the third one was.

andersontr2 said...

Answer here? OK.

A quote is the written form of the spoken word. Nobody says "$800 million", but rather, 800 million dollars. Then, if that's the case, it should say, "800 million dollars cross [not crosses] the border..."

Next is simply corrected by changing "they've know" to "they've known..."

"Love is..." Spoken by Peter Pan.

Concomitant: I could look it up, but that's not fair, is it?