My second Copyediting class was an eye-opener. For one thing, I don’t know if I actually want to pursue this as a freelancer. Maybe I’m feeling this way because I’m at the beginning stages and you don’t learn a skill overnight.
Here’s what I learned:
An appositive is a noun or noun phrase that describes another noun. Example: U.S. president Obama. The appositive is the U.S.
A squinting modifier is a word that may or may not be describing two things in a sentence except for one. Example: Make sure you get the cookbook from the store that is red. Red could be describing cookbook or store which is why this is corrected during a copyedit.
Ellipses have different rules. The three part ellipses […] is used in the middle of a sentence when sections aren’t included. However, you use four periods [….] when you use one at the end of the sentence because the last one is a period.
Learn something new, everyday, huh? I never ever knew that and now I do…and you do too!
Until the next grammar lesson!