Writing Glitch #661

Today’s glitch:

Add a comma after Look.

Change the en dash after understand to a period.

Depending on the intended meaning, the comma after doors may or may not be okay. If the sentence is intended as an if-then statement (very informally worded, but meaning If we open the doors, then we will let them in), leave the comma where it is. If the sentence is intended of a statement of what did happen (We opened the doors and let them in), rather than of what will happen, change the comma to either a semicolon or a period.

“Look, I don’t think you understand. We opened those doors. We let them in.”

 

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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. (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 #661

  1. Donnalee says:

    It does feel more like an if-then to me.

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