Writing Glitch #407

Today’s glitch:

You know what’s wrong with this one, don’t you…?

Ellipses should have three dots, never two. (When you see four dots, that’s actually an ellipsis and a period. These are sometimes used for quotations with words left out at the end, but never in the middle of a sentence.)

The comma after saw in you does add clarity, but I’m not going to have a conniption if you think it shouldn’t be there.

I got rid of the first ellipsis entirely because it didn’t seem to fit, and besides, there is such thing as overusing those pauses.

“Someone asked me what I saw in you, to love you so much. My only answer was… everything!”


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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