Writing Glitch #275

Today’s second glitch:


This needs a comma after damaged; you could remove all of no matter how damaged and keep the essential meaning of the sentence. Also, if you use a comma to set off one end of an “aside” phrase (the comma after walls), you need one on the other end, too.

The entire city was in ruins. The group of weary travellers looked upon it with great sorrow but also with relief. Any walls, no matter how damaged, were better than none, after all.


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 #275

  1. M. Oniker says:

    Hm. No comma after sorrow? Because “also with relief” isn’t an independent clause?

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