Hi! Great to see you back again, FFers! The Grammar Cop has more frightful flubs just for you! 😅
- “Sometimes the art can be beautiful, as many Montrealers have seen on the sides of all types of structures, spray painted with large creative names of…”
- “…the lurid details … caused a scandal the likes that the newspaper-reading public has never seen before.”
- “The Sun reported they used to hang out until Kate Middleton demanded that William expelled her from their elite circle.”
- Here’s a blatant case of hyphen-o-phobia. Have you ever seen “spray-painted” without a hyphen? You have? Well it was wrong then too! This should say: Sometimes the art can be beautiful, as many Montrealers have seen on the sides of all types of structures, spray-painted with large creative names…
- Did you catch the mistakes in this sentence excerpt? The first involves the missing words after “likes”: of which (and omit “that”). The second is the tense of “has,” which should be had, to properly convey that the action (that the public never saw before) had taken place before the “lurid details” were exposed. Check it out here. The whole excerpt should read: …the lurid details … caused a scandal the likes of which the newspaper-reading public had never seen before. (Kudos, by the way, to the writer for the hyphenated “newspaper-reading.” We must give credit where credit is due. 😀)
- The error here is the verb “expelled,” which is in the wrong mood. It should be the subjunctive mood, expel. So: The Sun reported they used to hang out until Kate Middleton demanded that William expel her from their elite circle.
Clear as mud? Don’t worry! “Expel” the mud with a nice long, hot shower! See you next week for another round of Friday Follies!