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May 29, 2007

Grammar – 32 What is good writing? 4 Bloopers Quiz

Filed under: Language — Rajesh @ 9:58 pm

We’re back at it again. What’s wrong with the following sentences?
[1] Siva along with Parvathi are taken around the corridors each day at night.
[2] The festival is been celebrated now at the temple at Linghi Chetty Street in North Chennai.
[3] The devotees carry the idols in their shoulders around the temple at Lighi Chetty Street.
[4] If the livelihood of a few families are at stake for want of parking space, where are we heading to?
[5] Is it not a more compelling issue to talk about rather than go with the results and submit an alternate plan?
[6] “Every country have a strong reserve benches but India don’t have any,” he said.
[7] ICC has not included many country as test-playing nation and wants them to come up the world standard.
[8] Each team would comprise of two national, four international and eight budding players who would be selected by talent scouts.
[9] Nakulan is one of those writers in Tamil who is spoken about a lot but read only by a few.
[10] Shilpa Shetty insists its racism.
Clues: Check with earlier lessons for pointers to mistakes.
I never said these sentences had only one error each.

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4 Comments »

  1. [1] Siva [i]and[/i] Parvathi are taken around the corridors [i]each night[/i]. (I’m not sure if “around the corridors” is correct either!)
    [2] The festival [i]is celebrated[/i] now at the temple at Linghi Chetty Street in North Chennai.
    [3] The devotees carry the idols [i]on[/i] their shoulders around the temple at Linghi Chetty Street.
    [4] If the livelihood of a few families [i]is[/i] at stake for want of parking space, where are we heading to?
    [5] Is it not a more compelling issue to talk about rather than [i]to just[/i] go with the results and submit an alternate plan?
    [6] “Every country [i]has[/i] strong reserve benches but India [i]doesn’t[/i] have any,” he said.
    [7] ICC has not included many [i]countries[/i] as test-playing [i]nations[/i] and wants them to come up [i]to[/i]the world standard.
    [8] Each team would comprise of two national, four international and eight budding players who would [i]have been[/i] selected by talent scouts.
    [9] Nakulan is one of those writers in Tamil who is spoken about a lot but read only by [i]few[/i].
    [10] Shilpa Shetty insists [i]it is[/i] racism.

    PS: I didn’t check any old lessons!

    Comment by VSu — May 30, 2007 @ 11:26 pm | Reply

  2. Hi Vsu, that’s great work!
    [1]I guess “around” is used for want of a better word. The original word would have been “praharam”.
    [2] “in” Linghi Chetty Street. Other corrections are on the dot!
    [3] ditto
    [5] Do you prefer “alternate” to “alternative”? My money would be on “alternative”.
    [7] Since it’s difficult to pin-point a particular world standard, you could end the sentence with “to world standards”.
    [8] Here the only error is “comprise of”. “Comprise” is not followed by “of”.
    [9] “Who are spoken about” since “who” stands for “writers” and becomes plural. The meaning of the sentence is: There are many writers who are spoken about a lot and read only by a few, and Nakulan is one of them. The best way to check if you’re getting the subject-verb agreement right in such sentences is to begin reading them at “of” and then go on to complete them. “Of those writers in Tamil …..”
    It is “a few”. “Few” means “almost nil” or “negligible”. Here you want to to say “yes, there are a few” (“some”), right? Only some, but definitely some.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — May 31, 2007 @ 6:34 pm | Reply

  3. [1] Siva and Parvathi are taken around (I’d prefer down) the corridors each night.
    [2] The festival is celebrated now at the temple in Linghi Chetty Street in North Chennai.
    [3] The devotees carry the idols on their shoulders around the temple at Lighi Chetty Street.
    [4] If the livelihood of a few families is at stake for want of parking space, where are we heading to?
    [5] Is it not a more compelling issue to talk about rather than to go with the results and submit an alternative plan?
    [6] “Every country has a strong reserve bench but India doesn’t have any,” he said.
    [7] ICC has not included many countries as test-playing nations since it wants them to come up the world standards.
    [8] Each team would comprise two national, four international and eight budding players who would be selected by talent scouts.
    [9] Nakulan is one of those Tamil writers who are spoken about by many, but read only by a few.
    [10] Shilpa Shetty insists it’s racist.

    Comment by Uthra — June 3, 2007 @ 10:35 am | Reply

  4. Hi Uthra, excellent work! Do these sentences sound familiar? In [1] “down the corridor” is fine for me too! In [3], why didn’t you change it to “in Linghi Chetty Street”? In [5], the only change is “alternative” in the place of “alternate”. You got that! You don’t need the additional “to” before “go”. Often the “to” is dropped before the second infinitive in the sentence.

    Comment by Geeta Padmanabhan — June 3, 2007 @ 10:44 am | Reply


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