many errors are there in the following sentence?
data suggests the following; the burial site is orientated east-west
and it's date is late Medieval.
is almost proverbial in archaeology: the work is not finished until
it has been written up. True as this may be, it can be argued with
equal force that the process of writing up is not finished until
the text has been edited. Sadly, this final and crucial phase is
all too often neglected. Not everyone can write well, but that does
not absolve archaeologists from every writer's duty: to ensure that
the text is well organised and written in correct and lucid English.
on spell-checkers will not do: in the above sentence, the only error
the spell-checker detected was it's. There are in fact five
errors: data is a plural, not a singular. An announcement is indicated
by a colon, not a semi-colon. Orientated does not exist - the verb
is 'to orient', not 'to orientate'. A possessive is indicated by
'its', not it's, which is a contraction of 'it is'. Finally, the
period of jousting knights is the medieval period, not Medieval.