Writing Glitch #165

Today’s glitch:


Use a comma after the introductory phrase.

The ellipsis doesn’t belong, but if you really, really want to use one anyway, at least begin the next sentence as a sentence: leave a space after the punctuation and capitalize the first word of the new sentence.

Three months ago, every other human being apparently vanished while you slept. Today you hear an engine in the distance.

(Alternate version with ellipsis: Three months ago, every other human being apparently vanished while you slept… Today, you hear engines in the distance. The comma after Today is not necessary — the introductory phrase is only one word — but it isn’t incorrect, either, so I included it to show yet another option.)




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 #165

  1. Thanks for posting these writing glitches. I get lazy Sometimes I just become confused as I write, and flail about. Your posts help sharpen my thinking about punctuation, and I need all the help possible. Cheers

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