Writing Glitch #130

Glitch #129 was boring, and also about a type of error mentioned many, many times (commas with direct address), so I decided to skip it and go on to this one.

Today’s glitch:


Once more, with feeling…

Everyday and every day do not mean the same thing! Everyday is an adjective; it can only modify nouns or other adjectives. On the other hand, every day is an adverbial phrase (is this why some writers are now seemingly afraid to use it at all?) telling when something occurs.

There needs to be a comma after top, and as (a typo, probably) should be has. The comma after top is needed because you could remove the entire bit between those commas and still have a complete sentence that makes sense: Every day you walk down the same street on your way to work.

The correct possessive for it is its, not it’s.

Every day you walk down the same street, past the church with the statues adorning the top, on your way to work. Today one of the statues seems different: it has a smirk on its face.

You don’t have to use a colon (in this usage, indicating that amplification/explanation follows) after different, but you shouldn’t use an ellipsis. A period would be the simplest option, I suppose, but a semicolon would probably work better because of how closely the two parts are linked. (Rarely will you see a sentence where you could use either a colon or a semicolon. Don’t let this example fool you into thinking the two are truly interchangeable.)


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 #130

  1. Yes!! This is one of my pet peeves, too. The same goes for “anymore”. There’s I don’t want to do that anymore” and then there’s she doesn’t know *any* *more* about computers than I do”. Ugh, people do not know how to write anymore 😉

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