Writing Glitch #373

Glitch #372 was boring, so I got rid of it.

Today’s glitch:


Add a comma after station. (The sentence is compound. Both the Chicago Manual of Style and the Associate Press Stylebook say compound sentences require commas. “I just don’t like commas, they slow me down and you can’t tell me what to do,” does not justify punctuating incorrectly. Neither does, “Fuck you grammar nazi!” *rolls eyes* And, for the record, the correct term is grammar ninja.)

Add a comma after leave. (As it is used in this sentence, however is an interrupter and needs to be separated from the rest of the sentence by commas.)

There’s a typo in the next sentence: come should be some.

The two-dot “ellipsis” at the end is wrong. If you want a dramatic trail-off on the last sentence (these are fairly common on book blurbs, for example), use three dots.

After a long shift at work, you are on the bus heading home. It arrives at the last station, and you get up from your seat. Before you can leave, however, you notice that some people are staying seated. Intrigued, you decide to sit back down and see where they go.

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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