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.
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.
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.)
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.
The porosity and permeability of the X formation are similar to those of the Y formation.
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.
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.
Profound Quote of the Day:
“Last, but not least, avoid clichés like the plague.”
– William Safire, New York Times columnist, 1929-2009