Writing Glitch 942

Today’s glitch:

Don’t capitalize universe.

Otherwise, keep on writing science-y stuff in a science-y way, with scientific notation for huge numbers and all that.

If you, like, totally hate anything in passive voice because your high school English teacher — or one of your undergrad professors in anthropology, maybe — told you that every to be verb is BAD, even for science papers where passive voice is often the standard, you can change the example to Astronomers estimate that there are between 10^22 and 10^24 stars in the universe. I happen to like the active-voice version better, but I wanted to show you that you don’t have to use active voice all the time.

(There will be no “Writing Glitch” post tomorrow, because I will be busy with real-life stuff: helping cook a large bird, for one thing, and then eating the large bird.)

 

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 eight 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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