Words not pluralized . . . plus more


By Segun Omolayo

 

The last statement in the last edition, which was supposed to correct an error earlier highlighted, happened, as published, to be a repetition of the defect selected for refinement. To avoid any doubt, we re-present both the defective sentence and the intended correction thus: “One wagers that it will be nigh impossible for Crystal Palace to win Chelsea in the FA final”/Correction: “ One wagers that it will be nigh impossible for Crystal Palace to beat Chelsea in the FA final.”

The message is that you beat an opponent and win a contest; you do not win an opponent. We sincerely regret any confusion our careless proofreading and editing might have caused our esteemed readers. But there is a lesson in this: The editor himself will always need an editor.

This is one admonition writers must be mindful of, just like many other things usually taken for granted which we feel compelled to continue highlighting to urge correct usage, a key hallmark of good…



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