Writing Glitch #323

Today’s glitch:

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WTF is up with these two-dot “ellipses” I keep seeing? How can anyone think these are ever correct? Use one dot for a period to end a sentence. Use three dots for an ellipsis to show the sentence trailing off or to show that something has been left out. Use two dots only when you want to look incompetent as a writer.

Change the position of each only (before one instead of before took) for clarity. (Technically, only is just there for emphasis in the example sentence, since only is derived from the word one anyway.)

It took only one carefully crafted spell for you to get where you are, and it would take only one to ruin you.

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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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