Can Our Schools Really Teach Kids How to Write?

by Michelle Hutchinson

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What is it with schools today? If their efforts are supposed to serve as examples of how students should write, then why do so many institutions broadcast messages that are riddled with errors?

Case in point is a blurb from the University of Wisconsin about an indoor triathlon.

Notice the parenthetical phrase indicated by the arrow in the image below―No clips aloud―and specifically, the last word inside the parentheses: aloud.

allowed vs. allowed

Do you see the error here? The designated word should be allowed, not aloud.

Aloud is an adverb that means audible; in a spoken voice; out loud…as in: To prepare for rehearsals and get the tone of the words right, the actor read his lines aloud.

I don’t think this news item about the triathlon intended to imply that bike clips were meant to be silent. Instead, I think the writers meant to tell readers that bike clips would not be permitted, as in: No clips allowed.

I’ve only focused on one error in this news item. Can you point out at least one other by leaving a comment? There’s no penalty for guessing. ;-)

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  1. Lisa S says:

    “person with least points” should be “person with fewest points”

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