Writing Glitch #251

Today’s glitch:


If you break a sentence up with an em-dash (which doesn’t belong in this example anyway), don’t capitalize the first word after it. (Also don’t be a smart-ass. Of course you’d capitalize the first word after an em-dash if it was a proper name.)

I replaced the em-dash with a semicolon because the two parts of the sentence seem too closely related to need to be split into separate sentences, but you could use a period instead of you just hate semicolons.

Who’s is a contraction of who is (or sometimes who has); it isn’t a possessive pronoun. To show possession, use whose.

There are also a couple of typos in the second line of the example, thrown in to see who’s paying attention. 🙂 Kudos to anyone who caught ’em.

Throwing a coin in a fountain and making a wish doesn’t grant the wish; taking the coin out of the fountain does. A homeless man fishes some coins out of a fountain. Tell the story of the people whose coins he took.


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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