Apologetic Correction: Have you ever had a post that took over and messed with your mind? Well, I did. Yesterday. Three times I edited it, and each time the editing was lost. Then, when I thought I finally had it, I made a huge blooper. Fortunately, sharp-eyed reader Becky caught it.
(Right now I could say I was just trying to see if you were reading carefully, but you’re too smart for that! You would know the truth, wouldn’t you?)
Okay, here is the way it should have read:
Punctuate the statement Dad’s acting “funny” and tell me if the period goes inside or outside the closing quote marks. If you said inside, you are right. That’s an “always and ever” rule, no exceptions, and it applies equally to the comma.
And Now: Not wanting to beat a dead horse, since that ship has already sailed, I nevertheless thot I’d contribute the following 15 edit-yourself rules. (Should you fail to see the problem in any of these, you might do well to take a look at Dan’s grammar book!)
- Make sure each pronoun agrees with their antecedent.
- Just between you and I, the case of pronouns is important.
- Verbs has to agree with their subject.
- Don’t never use double negatives.
- A writer must not shift your point of view.
- About incomplete sentences.
- Don’t use commas, that are unnecessary.
- Its important to use apostrophes correctly in everybodys writing.
- Don’t abrev.
- Check and see if you any words out.
- About repetition, the repetition of a word might be effective repetition or it might be redundant repetition.
- Be concise; nothing is worse than continually belaboring a point once you have made it, subjecting the reader to endless explanations which, far from clarifying the subject, becloud it through the attempt to discover ill-conceived explanatory devices, none of which are really that helpful.
- Mixed metaphors are a pain in the neck and ought to be thrown to the wolves with the bath water.
- Consult the dictionary to avoid mispellings.
- Last but not least, lay off tired old clichés. Avoid them like the plague.
Okay. Enough about grammar… for awhile.
“With sixty staring me in the face, I have developed inflammation of the sentence structure and a definite hardening of the paragraphs.”
James Thurber, at age 59