Dairy company could pay $10 million for want of a comma and a misused gerund…

A recent lawsuit ruling [https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/us/oxford-comma-lawsuit.html]  cost a Maine dairy company millions, and granted company truck drivers payment due for overtime work, because of negligence in using a comma and a gerund. This is a current example of the importance of going through the motions to make sure your work reads exactly as you meant. Mind your commas, gerunds,  (and all punctuation), and use a style guide. This case screams–

  • The power of writing correct grammar
  • The importance of proofreading
  • The importance of  writing and revisiting your work after a time, with fresh eyes
  • The value of having an editor to review your work
  • The significance of having a colleague or other person read after you

It takes collaboration to put your best word forward and give accurate, clear instructions to your readers.

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