Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border

Kootenai River in NW Montana, near Canadian Border
photo by Gene Tunick of Eureka, Montana

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tip O'Day #272 - What a Difference a Comma Makes

Guest blogger Gael McCarte on eliminating common mistakes.

“Let’s eat grandma.” – Why? Won’t grandpa miss her?

"(The girls) …were jumped by three men as they went for a walk in their long dresses." – Really? Imagine being jumped by men wearing long dresses?

Missing punctuation, inattention to detail, dangling modifiers – these are common mistakes. The cure? Read it out loud! They are funny when someone else writes them, deeply embarrassing when you do. Such mistakes hide from the eye but are more obvious when spoken.

To learn more about Gael, check out here.

1 comment:

  1. Let's also not forget to look at the spelling for words that sound the same, etc, but mean totally different things. EX: here hair hear hare