Writing Glitch #60

Two months of this! Can you believe it?

Believe it… I’ve got a lot more where these last 60 came from.

As I said back in March when I started this series of posts, these examples of “glitchy” writing are for you to test your own knowledge of grammar, punctuation, etc. by trying to spot the errors. Hopefully, the corrections make sense and will help you with any aspects of grammar or punctuation you’re unsure of.

Today’s glitch:


Ah, the joys of figuring out compound adjectives…

It started out as a simple game. How was I supposed to know it would turn into a life-or-death situation?

The reason life-or-death is hyphenated here is that those words work together as a single adjective.



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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3 Responses to Writing Glitch #60

  1. I’m hoping one day I catch the glitch! So far I’m learning things though. Being wrong or missing the mistake isn’t so bad.

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    • I’m glad you find these posts helpful. They’re a learning experience for me, too, because I’m not always good at explaining these things to other people. (If something in one of these posts doesn’t make sense to you, please ask for more information!)

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      • So far everything has made perfect sense! I find it easier to explain myself in the written word, as well, though sometimes even with that I become frustrated at heated issues. Grammar, sentence structure, etc. tend to be usually straightforward explanations.


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