Writing Glitch #278

Today’s second glitch:

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I can practically correct your grammar in my sleep, so I don’t see why dim light — assuming the candlelight is dim, because it doesn’t have to be, any more than electric light has to be bright — should be any hinderance to assembling a gun. 🙂

At any rate, this example contains a comma splice. Either change the comma to a period or don’t capitalize it and add but after the comma. (Capitalizing the first word after a comma doesn’t make it the start of a new sentence.)

Candlelight is one word.

He assembled his gun by candlelight. It did not slow him down.

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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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3 Responses to Writing Glitch #278

  1. Sharon Hart says:

    Do you ever add or delete words to clarify a writing glitch? For example, what is it that did not slow him down?

    On Sun, Jan 15, 2017 at 1:15 PM, North of Andover wrote:

    > Thomas Weaver posted: “Today’s second glitch: I can practically correct > your grammar in my sleep, so I don’t see why dim light — assuming the > candlelight is dim, because it doesn’t have to be, any more than electric > light has to be bright — should be any hinderance to asse” >

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    • Yes, I do sometimes add a word or words to make a sentence more clear. In this instance, however, it seemed clear to me already that “It” refers back to the candlelight as the thing that didn’t slow the man down.

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  2. No argument on this one.

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