Writing Glitch #137

No, you didn’t miss one. I’m skipping ahead again to give you something interesting.

Today’s glitch:


This one needs a comma; it contains a dependent clause followed by the main clause.

When someone’s heart breaks, so does a piece of our world.

(If you were to flip the order and slightly reword the sentence, you wouldn’t need the comma: A piece of our world breaks when someone’s heart does.)




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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2 Responses to Writing Glitch #137

  1. Skipping ahead? But what if I *needed* to know the last one?

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    • The ones I skipped dealt with commas in compound sentences, which come up A LOT in these posts, so you haven’t missed anything. Also, if there’s a particular area of writing mechanics you want me to cover, just ask.


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