Writing Glitch #563

Today’s glitch:

Sewer systems (plural) act as a portal (singular)? I don’t think so… Change a portal to portals.

Change the comma after locations to a period and begin a new sentence with The government.

In UK English, groups are construed as plural, so the verb have is correct with government here. (Many of the examples I use come from a blogger in the UK who shares writing prompts she gets from her followers.)

Add a comma after The government.

Change 2 to two.

Sewer systems act as portals to different locations. The government, however, have made them illegal. You have been hired to deliver a package from the US to Australia in under two hours.



About Thomas Weaver

For several years, I’ve been putting my uncanny knack for grammar and punctuation, along with an eclectic mental collection of facts, to good use as a Wielder of the Red Pen of Doom (editor). I'm physically disabled, and I currently live 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. 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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