Writing Glitch 936

Today’s glitch:

An ellipsis has three dots! Never just two! (And never five or eight or however many you think looks the prettiest or the most “avant-garde.” *rolls eyes*)

Don’t capitalize universe (either time).

Capitalize Galaxy after Andromeda. (You’re right: you shouldn’t capitalize galaxy when it appears by itself. However, in this context, it’s part of a proper name.)

You probably ought to spell out kilometer (both times).

As 2017 ended…

150 billion stars formed in the universe.

The Andromeda Galaxy moved 3.5 billion kilometers closer to us.

The universe expanded by more than 60 trillion kilometers.

You can also spell out one hundred fifty, three-point-five, and sixty rather than using the numerals.




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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