Sunday, August 25, 2013

spot the error

From here:

"But at 54 percent in a Gallup Korea survey and 61.1 percent in a Realmeter survey, [President Park's] ratings are now much higher than her two predecessors at the same point in their terms."

HINT: The problem isn't that there should be a comma after "Gallup Korea survey."

ADDENDUM: I've put the answer in the comments. No peeking!



Kevin Kim said...

The problem is a faulty (or illogical) comparison. As written, the sentence is comparing ratings to predecessors, i.e., numbers to people. Can't do that.

An easy solution presents itself: simply add an apostrophe after the "s" in "predecessors." Now you've got a logical comparison.

Another, slightly more cumbersome, correction would be to add the phrase "those of" after "than."

Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I figured that the crux of the biscuit was the apostrophe.

Jeffery Hodges

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