In Part 14 of her Editing 101 series on The Story Reading Ape, Susan Uttendorfsky brings us Part 2 of Self-Editing. She discusses proper and improper usage of semi-colons and commas. Consider these examples: Woman without her man is nothing; Woman, without her man, is nothing; Woman, without her, man is nothing. Hop over to Chris’ blog and enjoy the fascination of punctuation 🙂
Originally posted as the Dun Writin’—Now Whut? series on this blog, EDITING 101 is a weekly refresher series for some of you and brand new for others.
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Self-Editing Part 2
Last week in Self-Editing Part 1 we talked about some specific tasks that can be done while self-editing.
Today we’re going to talk about tasks involving grammar.
Grammar was developed to make writing understandable since you’re not there to correct any misunderstandings.
Your writing needs to stand on its own two feet!
Using commas properly. The first use of the comma is to replace the word “and.”
I went to the store and bought apples and pears and bread and milk.
I went to the store, buying apples, pears, bread, and milk.
The first example is not wrong, but the excessive use of the word “and” makes it hard to read. A comma is generally not used…
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