Writing Glitch #269

Today’s second glitch:

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The second bit in the first line of dialogue is a new sentence, so You needs to be capitalized. (The ellipsis is a pause between sentences, not an interruption within a sentence.)

Add a comma after in the morning.

For whatever reason, would’ve just sounds weird at the end of a sentence, so I’ve changed it to would have.

“Your home is a wreck… You could’ve at least cleaned the bathroom.”

“Had I known I was going to have guests at three o’clock in the morning, I’m sure I would have.”

(WordPress’ spell check demands that I change could’ve to would’ve. This is nonsense. Do not heed suggestions from WordPress’ spell check unless you’re certain those suggestions are correct.)

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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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