Writing Glitch #389

Today’s glitch:

(Did you catch the typo?)

Add a comma after running.

“What time is it?”

“Time for you to start running, apparently.”

If apparently was at the beginning of the sentence, you wouldn’t need a comma to separate it from the rest: “Apparently time for you to start running.” With it in any other position, however, you do need a comma, as in, “Time, apparently, for you to start running.” (Or, “Time for you, apparently, to start running.” Did you think only was unique in its ability to change the meaning of a sentence by changing its position?)

 

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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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One Response to Writing Glitch #389

  1. curioushart says:

    I think I’m addicted to these.

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