Quick Fixes

I’ve amassed a list of corrections to address, and none of them merits its own diatribe. Therefore, I’ve lumped four of them together for today’s tip.

Error #1:
Community of practices.
The plural of “community of practice” is “communities of practice.”
It follows the same rule as mothers-in-law and attorneys at law, i.e., make the first noun plural.

Error #2:
Interested fields
Fields cannot be interested. People can be interested in these fields. Therefore the correct expression should be “fields of interest,” i.e., fields that are of interest to a person or people.

(Of course, you can have interesting fields.)

Error #3:
The porosity and permeability of the X formation are similar to that of the Y formation.
Let’s take a closer look at what the pronoun “that” represents.
The porosity and permeability of the X formation are similar to the porosity and permeability of the Y formation.
Can the single pronoun “that” substitute for the plural noun “porosity and permeability”?
No. We need to use the plural pronoun “those” here.
Corrected Example:
The porosity and permeability of the X formation are similar to those of the Y formation.

Error #4:
The oilfield was discovered in 1958 by Well ABC-1.
Wells cannot discover. Heck, they can’t even see! People discover, and sometimes they drill wells to make these discoveries.
Corrected Example:
The oilfield was discovered [by people] in 1958 with the ABC-1 well.

Typo of the Day:
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors awarded a plague of commemoration to the Consul General of Azerbaijan.
Sounds deadly! I’m sure it was a plaque, not a plague.

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Profound Quote of the Day:
“Last, but not least, avoid clichés like the plague.”
– William Safire, New York Times columnist, 1929-2009
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