Writing Glitch #170

Today’s glitch:

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This sentence needs one comma. Can you see where?

Hint: it’s not before and.

The man in the closet and the girl under my bed are scared, too.

A comma makes the difference between too meaning excessively or meaning also/as well.

This is, too. It isn’t a terribly informative sentence on its own, but it is a complete sentence, and in context, the reader would know what noun the pronoun this refers to: This is one of my favorite books. This is, too.

This is too. It is not a complete sentence. This is too… what? Too difficult? Too boring? Too simplistic? Too scary? Too cute? When you leave the comma out, you’re indicating too is an adverb meaning excessively, and that adverb needs something after it to be excessive.

 

 

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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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