Writing Glitch #284

Today’s second glitch:


A two-dot “ellipsis” is always wrong. There is no such punctuation mark.

When you begin a sentence with a conjunction (and, but, or, etc.), do not place a comma after the conjunction. In a compound sentence, the comma goes before the conjunction, but when the conjunction is the first word of the sentence, there is no place for punctuation before it (d’uh!), so just leave the comma out.

You’re walking in the shady part of town when you come a cross a lottery ticket. It’s the jackpot ticket! And it’s stained with blood.



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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4 Responses to Writing Glitch #284

  1. These are terrifically helpful for me. I receive them in my email and fix them myself before reviewing your answers. Cheers

    Liked by 2 people

  2. M. Oniker says:

    Why did you remove the comma after town?


  3. Thanks for sharing.


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