April 2 2014

Grammar lessons at the zoo

by Barbie in Around Town

Our recent trip to the zoo for some animal spotting led to some unexpected editing as well. Scattered throughout the zoo were paintings of animals with signs that offered a few quick facts on each animal. Unfortunately, those signs didn’t go through an editor. Check out what we caught at the zoo.

Comma splice: The comma in between independent clauses should be a semicolon.

Use "that" instead of "who" for animals, and we'd prefer that the clause is made restrictive by removing the comma.

Saber-tooth (or even the alternative Sabre-tooth) describes the tiger. Plus, the ellipses at the end seems unnecessary.


This sign calls for a comma between the two independent clauses.

We never considered marketing our services to zoos, but perhaps it’s time!