Writing Glitch #7

Today’s glitch:


Yes, there’s a typo in the first line. (A couple of letters swapped is usually just a typographical error rather than the writer not knowing how to spell a common word.) It’s not the only problem here.



This young woman was from an ordinary family in the village. She lost her parents in an epidemic and is alone. She now works as a traveling trader.

Why no comma before and in the second sentence? Because even though there are two verbs, lost and is, there’s only one subject, she. It’s not a compound sentence.

About Thomas Weaver

I’m a writer and editor who got into professional editing almost by accident years ago when a friend from university needed someone to copyedit his screenplay about giant stompy robots (mecha). Having discovered that I greatly enjoy this kind of work, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use ever since as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom. I'm physically disabled, and for the past several years, I’ve lived with my smugly good-looking twin Paul, who writes military science fiction and refuses to talk about his military service because he can’t. Sometimes Paul and I collaborate on stories, and sometimes I just edit whatever he writes. It's worked out rather well so far. My list of non-writing-related jobs from the past includes librarian, art model, high school teacher, science lab gofer… Although I have no spouse or offspring to tell you about, I do have six cats. (The preferred term is "Insane Cat Gentleman.") I currently spend my time blogging, reading, editing, and fending off cats who like my desk better than my twin’s.
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One Response to Writing Glitch #7

  1. Sheron says:

    Got it. Also sentence structure needs some variety. Subject/ verb, subject/verb, subject/verb.

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