MIND THAT ERROR
If you can find two or more errors in any of the two sentences that follow, then the sentence is a STOME. “Why not increase the budget for education which is not even audited? If there is no money why is government not coming out and say so and engage with the people of the country?”
The two sentencesform the 20th paragraph of an opinion piece in the Times of Swaziland, February 8, 2018. The article was titled, WHEN THERE IS NO WILL. If you comb the two sentences, you will find that the first sentence has one error. That means that it is not a Sentence with Two Or More Errors, that is, STOME. But the second sentence is a STOME because it has more than two errors.
The first mistake in the second sentence is that of comma omission. After the subordinate clause which ends with the word, “money,” there should be a comma. The second mistake is that of omission of an obligatory word. The word “government” should be preceded by the article, “the,” otherwise known as a limiting adjective in traditional grammar, or a determiner in structural grammar.
The third in Sentence #2 is has to do with the word, “and,” and for want of better name, we may call, “and-it is.” That sounds like arthritis, doesn’t it?
That, as you know, is a disease that causes pain and swelling in one or more joints of the body? Errors, need we say, errors are like diseases.
Riding on the lighter side of life, since “and” is a conjunction, shouldn’t we have named a mistake that ensues from it, “conjunctivitis”? That would be proper, I believe; but it would not be as apt as “and-itis,” since this name captures the very conjunction that is source of the disease in the sentence. Maybe we can reserve conjunctivitis as a general name for all such errors that are caused by conjunctions.
Digression over, the word “and” in the sentenceunder our spotlight is literally a swelling in the sentence which needs to be excised. To correct the three errors which we have spotted in second sentence, we may revise it thus: “If there is no money, why is the government not coming out TO say so and engage with the people of the country?”
Each of the following two sentences is a STOME. They are the opening paragraphs of the top story of the Swazi Observer, February 9, 2018 with the headline, ‘DZODZO’, NKOSI IN TOP 130 WANTED SUSPECTS ON INTERPOL. Sentence #1: “About 26 days after the businessman and soccer administrator Victor Gamedze was gunned down