Writing Glitch 978

Today’s glitch:

Ah, comma splices… How I hate them. If lazy/(willfully) ignorant writers didn’t do comma splices so often, there would be enough commas available for use in compound sentences. As it is, there’s a comma shortage — that’s the only possible explanation commas missing from compound sentences, right? — due to so many writers adding commas where they flat-out don’t belong or using commas in place of periods. It’s similar to the apostrophe-shortage problem noted by Lynn Truss, author of Eats, Shoots, & Leaves.

Remove the comma after identity and replace it with a period.

Now take that comma you removed and place it after was.

She couldn’t let them know her true identity. If they knew who she was, they would be sure to kill her.

 

 

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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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4 Responses to Writing Glitch 978

  1. M. Oniker says:

    /me channels her inner Marie Kondo and plucks all some a few of the extraneous commas from her comma-spliced writings and puts them into an over-priced pink cardboard box. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnBR3SBwX-Q
    /me finds a few unnecessary commas after the conjunctions that start sentences, and they too go into the box (wonders if one of those commas should have been left after too
    /me goes out and buys some fancy commas because she is feeling guilty
    /me leaves the little box on Thomas’s front door step, rings the bell and runs away (slowly and with a cane)
    /me reminds anyone reading this comment that the /me format is used in online role playing

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    • My first thought after seeing the beginning of that video (could’t bring myself to watch the whole thing) was, “There is something very, very wrong with people who fold socks and line them up in neat little rows.” It’s obviously just a ploy to make people feel guilty for not having enough time/mental energy to organize every detail of their lives… in overpriced decorative boxes, of course.

      About whether or not to use a comma after too… Yes, sometimes, but not always. Example: If you find you’ve been hoarding too many commas, put those in a box, too, and give them to someone who needs them.

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  2. M. Oniker says:

    😀 You get me.
    /me the quietly closes the open parenthetical with a ) she found napping under the couch, and deftly removes the hyphen to rejoin the bereft overpriced, and grabs two fancy, purchased commas to decorate the too fore and aft
    /me then grabs an adult beverage and ignores any further grammatical thingies

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