I like to highlight my mistakes. I guess my thought is, if I’m doing it, there are plenty of newbies out there doing the same thing. I like to think I’m not alone 🙂
I noticed something during my current revision that I never saw before. I’m having a love affair with but. That wasn’t the only problem. There were a lot of commas following that but that shouldn’t have been there. My sentences weren’t compound, but they did have compound verbs.
Compound sentences are made up of two independent clauses that could stand on there on.
We went to a restaurant, and I ordered the chicken salad.
Simple sentences with compound verbs are not compound sentences and shouldn’t be divided by a comma. (This sentence is a great example.) Don’t you want to put a comma after and?
I knew I was wrong but couldn’t help myself.
She ran through the woods and jumped over the fence.
If these simple sentences bother you that much, you can make them compound.
I knew I was wrong, but I couldn’t help myself.
She ran through the woods, and she jumped over the fence.
Something to think about.