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[From Michelle Yeoman and Barbara Gastel:]
Editing Solution: Sentence of the Week #23
As a reminder, below is Sentence of the Week #23:
The custodian swept the floor, and then dusted the cabinets.
We said that 1 small item should be removed from this sentence. The item that should be removed is the comma. Thus, the revised sentence reads as follows:
The custodian swept the floor and then dusted the cabinets.
The wording “swept the floor and then dusted the cabinets” is a compound predicate. Normally, a comma should not separate the parts of a compound predicate.
(A comma should, however, separate the parts of a compound sentence. For example, it is correct to write, “The custodian swept the floor, and the trainee then dusted the cabinets.”)
If a compound predicate is long and confusing, a comma can be inserted to clarify where the first part ends and the second begins. But in these cases, it may be preferable to divide the sentence into 2 sentences.
And now, onward to this week’s sentence.
Sentence of the Week #24
Welcome to the newest installment in this series.
The sentence below has 1 definite error:
The new budget cuts are quiet disturbing.
Please correct the error, and submit the corrected sentence and any remarks as a comment on this post. We plan to provide and discuss the solution as a comment in about 2 days, as well as including it in the next Sentence of the Week post.
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