Hi all! The Grammar Cop welcomes you back to another funfest of language errors.
- SALON.COM – “So it stands to reason that Trump’s border wall, Muslim ban and bellicose appeals for ‘law and order’ (along with his overt misogyny) is a clarion call to this faction.” Did you spot the boo-boo? The verb should be are, not is. The reason? There are many subjects of this verb: the damn wall, the stupid ban, and the unnecessary appeals. (Oops, sorry for the editorializing! Couldn’t help myself! 😀 ) So the fact that there is more than one subject, means that the verb has to become plural; in this case, it must be are.
- THE SUBURBAN – (Yes, my go-to source of slips.) In an ad for a construction company: “Add On’s & Extensions.” Why on earth was an apostrophe put in front of the letter s? You should only add ‘s to a word if you are making it possessive. As in: the cat’s tail. The dog’s bark. The bat’s navigational abilities via sonar.
- THE SUBURBAN – “It’s job is not to make more and more profits off its citizens.” Now this sentence really interests me (in a negative way!) for two reasons. One is, notice how the writer made an error with the first instance of the possessive its, but had it right in the second… within the same sentence. Weird. (Its does not take an apostrophe when it is possessive, just to be clear.) The second reason this interests me is because it was in an editorial written by the editor in chief of this paper. I know English is not his first language. But: all the more reason someone else – whose first language IS English – should look over his piece each week, don’t you think? To save on embarrassment and boost credibility? Just my opinion. Grrr.
Hope you have a lovely gaffe-free weekend!