Welcome back, FF fans! Well, it seems that whenever the Grammar Cop gets low on material, she can always count on our weekly local
rag newspaper, say it with me now: The Suburban. So without further ado, here are this week’s awful aberrations found therein.
- “The nature of these types of corruption are much more insidious than anything…”
- “…nor was it one that creator and Pink Floyd founding member Rodger Waters was initially on board with…”
- “…replaced with a $400M real estate development project…” AND “…200 social housing units…”
Aaaaand the corrections are:
- Since the subject of the sentence is “nature” which is a singular noun (there is only ONE nature mentioned), the verb that follows must agree with it. But the verb used – “are” – is plural; it does not agree. It should be is.
- I don’t think Roger Waters, still going strong at 73, would appreciate the misspelling of his name. Of course it was in a caption, therefore probably introduced by the graphic artist, not the writer. No excuse. No proofreader? Oh darn, apparently not!
- Hyphen-o-phobia reigns supreme! Was it an “estate development project” that was “real”? No! It was a real-estate development project. Similarly: are there 200 housing units that are social? Do the units nod “hello” to one another each morning? No! They are 200 social-housing units. Hyphens are important. They are essential in conveying the intended meaning to the reader.
The Grammar Cop needs some badly needed R & R now. She will retire to her favourite recliner, become ensconced in the chair with her furry feline on her lap, and indulge in some light reading. In fact, she just might enjoy Eats, Shoots and Leaves again, by the wonderful Lynne Truss. She’ll see you next week!