September 25, 2017
'Could Of'TOPICS: COPY EDITING, COULD OF and COULD HAVE, GRAMMAR
This is writing well 101: the phrase that sounds like could of doesn't have an "of." It's could've, a contraction of "could" and "have." And if you're not aware of this very common error, it's worth taking a minute to learn how to avoid it.
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Editing Rules I Learned WrongPosted by June on September 25, 2017
LABELS: COPY EDITING, GRAMMAR
Once upon a time, I was a brand-new copy editor brimming with enthusiasm for my newly acquired editing knowledge.
Like a lot of brand-new copy editors, I didn’t have much context for understanding the rules. I didn’t realize that most were style conventions and not true grammar rules.
So I applied those style conventions with a passion reminiscent of guards in the Stanford Prison Experiment.
I’ve since learned that some editing rules shouldn’t be taken too seriously. And I’m always amused when I see a piece of writing edited with the same eager-beaver naivete.
Here are some of editing rules I and other editors have taken a bit too seriously.
June Casagrande is a writer and journalist whose weekly grammar/humor column, “A Word, Please,” appears in community newspapers in California, Florida, and Texas. more
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