Hi FFers! The Grammar Cop brings you a potpourri of pungent faux-pas.
- She [Oprah] has also spent time with Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, who she invited to her house last year and gifted a basket of kumquats!
- “It’s a human virus,” said Weese. “It likes people and there are some animal species that can be effected but that’s a spillover.”
- West Island volunteers breaks social isolation even in lockdown.
And the corrections:
- The first mistake should be obvious: “who” should be whom, because it’s the object of the verb “invited” and therefore must be in the objective case. The second mistake is not universally considered incorrect, but this Grammar Cop believes it is, and since we’re on her turf, it’s wrong! 😁 We don’t “gift someone a basket”; we gift someone with a basket. More on this can be seen here.
- Did you spot it? This is a relatively common error; we’ve looked at it before. Many people get effect and affect confused. In the given sentence, it should say affected. A virus affects people. The effect is that we may get sick. So the verb is affect and the noun is effect. Sometimes there are exceptions to this rule, but let’s not muddle things just now. 😁
- Here’s a silly little mistake in the verb ending. Why is it “breaks”? The “s” denotes a singular subject: He breaks the cup. Sunshine breaks the gloom. But in the given sentence, the subject is plural: “volunteers.” Therefore we need a plural form of the verb: West Island volunteers break social isolation even in lockdown. (And good for them, I say!)
I hope you enjoyed these corrections. They were made by a Corrections Officer, so what’s not to like, as they say? 😁 (By the way, the Grammar Cop forgot (nooo!) last week’s promise to present something Halloween-related, but, well, buy yourself some appropriate candy as compensation, OK? Sorry!) Have a safe and restful week, everyone!