Commas, Conjunctions, Coordinating, Dependent Clause, Grammar, Independent Clause, Punctuation, Subordinate Clause, Subordinating, Uncategorized

So You Think You Can Punctuate

Hello, dear readers! While I've taken some time off from writing, I have continued to actively search for public errors. I've acquired a plethora of photos, and I'm glad to be back. My hope is to post weekly (ish) and get back on track with consistent writing. After all, the world needs educated about all these errors!… Continue reading So You Think You Can Punctuate

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Appositives, Commas, Grammar, Punctuation

Appositive Message about Commas

I was waiting patiently in line to turn in my papers for a passport when I spotted this error. At first, I thought, "Aww, how nice! The Arapahoe County Clerk and Recorder is welcoming its newest member, Nancy A. Doty!" At least that's how this would be interpreted if someone with a particularly astute eye… Continue reading Appositive Message about Commas

Commas, Grammar, Punctuation

Commas 101

This mistake is not too bad in the grand scheme of grammatical life, but it provides a nice lesson for us about commas. Commas have about a bajillion rules, and I would say almost everyone I know admits to having a hard time remembering when to put them and when not to. My mom, for… Continue reading Commas 101

Comma Splice, Commas, Grammar, Poor Editing, Punctuation

Sugar and Splice

IHOP, IHOP, IHOP. I expected more from you since you're a huge chain and all; I really did. This is a problem -- a big problem. Here we have . . . (drumroll) . . . a comma splice (gasp!). It makes me sad when people try to give the job of a period (or… Continue reading Sugar and Splice

Commas, Facebook Transgressions, Grammar, Punctuation

Commas Matter

I found this on the Facebook page of one of my favorite places to shop -- Tradesmart. It's like Hastings on steroids and has every possible type of entertainment imaginable. I love your merchandise, Tradesmart, but I need you to step up the punctuation. This isn't technically a mistake, but it can lead to misreading.… Continue reading Commas Matter