Writing glitch #297

Today’s glitch:


Spell out numbers instead of using numerals: two, not 2.

I’m just about the last person who should tell you never to capitalize Old Lady (there’s a character in “that novelgenerally referred to as the Old Man), but since there’s no indication here that there’s a reason for it to be capitalized (it’s not used as her name), I’m changing it to lowercase.

Did you catch the typo in the second sentence (doe sthe where it should say does the)?

The parentheses in the last sentence aren’t incorrect, but they’re a bit obtrusive, and commas would serve just as well, if not better.

(If you’re a grammar fanatic and don’t care that some people may not even understand you because your grammar is so correct, you’ll want to write the last sentence as Whom, or what, is she feeding? You’d answer the question with She’s feeding them, after all, not She’s feeding they.)

Kudos to the person who created the example for writing back yard as two words (backyard is an adjective, not a noun).

You first noticed her doing it about two weeks ago. She doesn’t have any pets, so why does the old lady bring a tray of food out to the back yard every night? Who, or what, is she feeding?


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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5 Responses to Writing glitch #297

  1. M. Oniker says:

    fuss and bother about backyard

    This other has nothing to do with your post, but you do sometimes refer to your clone and his novels. I mentioned to you elsewhere that the bff and I are currently reading The Remnant aloud to each other. We are having a bit of a disagreement about the pronunciation of Tebrey’s name. Could you help with that? (And, if you agree with him, I will go all alternate facts over him!) There are several variations that I can think of: teh BREE, teb REE, teh BRAY, teb RAY, and the same but switching the emphasis.

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