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.”



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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