Writing Glitch #388

Today’s glitch:

Change Its (possessive form of it) to It’s (contraction of it is).

The noun summertime is one word.

Add a comma after summertime (sentence is compound).

Best friends is two words.

Add a comma after You dive in (sentence is compound).

Add a comma after air.

It’s summertime, and you’re swimming with your best friends in the lake near your house. You dive in, but when you come up for air, you feel the chill of winter, snow covers the ground, and your friends are floating dead next to you.

A compound sentence may be more than just two simple sentences connected by a conjunction. The second sentence in this example is compound, and it could be broken into four shorter sentences by removing the conjunctions: You dive in. When you come up for air, you feel the chill of winter. Snow covers the ground. Your friends are floating dead next to you. That’s why the commas after winter and ground are correct.

 

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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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