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Writing Glitch #291

Today’s glitch: Even when there are more than two parts to a compound sentence, use a comma before each conjunction. If you want something choppy/abrupt but with correct punctuation, you can write the example this way, without the commas and conjunctions: … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #287

Today’s glitch: First, the corrections: The first sentence of the second paragraph needs either an added word (add and before so) or a comma and an added word (add it after so) to make sense. I went with the second … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #270

Today’s glitch: The way the first sentence is written, it isn’t saying this happened when you were a child, although that is what the writer meant. (Bet you didn’t know that mindreading is a necessary skill for editors, did you?) … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #267

Today’s glitch: The Council of Five are a group of five alien races that protect humans against less-peaceful races. Technically, kids, those are species, not races. Also, are the council members entire species, or just individual representatives of those species? … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #266

Today’s glitch: A plague infects Earth. Nobody knows what it is or how to stop it, except people with green eyes aren’t affected. What happens to humanity, and what happens to those green-eyed people? Mercenary Proofreader is slightly offended by … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #257

Today’s first glitch: Stars is a common noun; don’t capitalize it. The same goes for universe. Notice the comma added after universe because the sentence is compound. At the end of time, the stars are burning out as they use … Continue reading

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Writing Glitch #253

Today’s glitch: Always, always, always capitalize the name of your own home planet (or anybody else’s). Unless you mean dirt/ground, the correct form is Earth. Yes, it’s the ground (as opposed to the seas or sky — d’uh) that has … Continue reading

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