Writing Glitch #457

No, you didn’t miss one; I’m skipping glitch #456 (for now, at least) because I’m just not up to dealing with the subject matter.

Today’s glitch:

Change on a new drug to of a new drug.

Add an apostrophe to sister’s to form the possessive.

Add a comma before though. (In this usage, though is an interrupter, which means it needs to be separated from the rest of the sentence.)

A young woman volunteers for tests of a new drug that, if released, could save her sister’s life. The side effects, though, are nothing she expected.



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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2 Responses to Writing Glitch #457

  1. Boy, this one helps me. I’m always second-guessing myself about the comma in front of “though” in these sentence structures. Just one of those brain quirks.

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    • Considering how many writers don’t use commas at all (because not using punctuation is “literary” and the mark of a “better” writer, according to recent comments on Facebook), I’m not surprised that even people who want to communicate clearly in writing have some trouble remembering this rule. Besides, just about everyone has trouble with commas at sometimes, probably because commas have more uses than any other punctuation mark.

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