Something Missing Exercise (358)

Edit the following sentences to provide any missing words or word elements (inflections).

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: Ezra Pound use some really strange metaphors in his poetry.
Correct : Ezra Pound used some really strange metaphors in his poetry.
Alterna.: Ezra Pound uses some really strange metaphors in his poetry.

Either used or uses is an acceptable correction. In writing about literature, present tense is preferred by teachers. Some speakers who drop ending sounds in spoken dialect often neglect to add the necessary letters in writing.

2.
Original: Susie Singh passed her driving test with flying colors, but unfortunately, she wreck the car the very next day.
Correct : Susie Singh passed her driving test with flying colors, but unfortunately, she wrecked the car the very next day.

The verb form pronounced [wrekt] is spelled wrecked.

3.
Original: Before leaving for the night, be sure to turn the heat in the cafeteria.
Correct : Before leaving for the night, be sure to turn off the heat in the cafeteria.

The idiom for adjusting temperature is "to turn it up, down, on, or off." Other acceptable corrections: "turn the heat down," "turn off the heat."

4.
Original: Every day since first grade, Maurice never missed a day of school.
Correct : Every day since first grade, Maurice has never missed a day of school.

In speaking about an action that began in the past and continues into the present, the present perfect form of the verb is required. The word "since" is the clue to the present perfect in this sentence.

5.
Original: He wrote a song about wanting to marry an old-fashion girl.
Correct : He wrote a song about wanting to marry an old-fashioned girl.

Many speakers say and write the nonstandard form "old-fashion," but the modifier is "old-fashioned." The alcoholic drink is called an "Old Fashioned" (no hyphen).

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