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Canada Votes: More of the Same or Breaking the Mould? | Britannica Blog.

There are few things more annoying to me than having to get up in the morning, but one of them is when someone writes a sentence…and just doesn’t follow through with it. Example:

Harper, whose Conservative Party came to power in 2006, when the party won 124 seats to the Liberals 103 and was asked to form a government.

Harper…what? What did Harper do? Who is Harper? What is Harper? Good god, its as if the sentence has ADHD. Of course, if you wanted to write it correctly:

Harper’s Conservative Party came to power in 2006, when the party won 124 seats to the Liberals 103 and was asked to form a government and annoy everyone by endlessly proroguing parliament.

Well, of course, you may leave the latter part off if you prefer.

Oh, and this example:

Will the NDP so split the opposition vote that the Conservatives will romp home to a majority, or will it break the mould of Canadian politics and perhaps usher in an era of coalition government, between the Liberals and NDP.

Ahem, methinks you didn’t end that on the right note.

A last entry in the writing world are sentences that begin with a parenthesis…and never have a closing one. Good lord does that grind my gourd. I don’t know why, it really shouldn’t, but there is something so misshapen, so incomplete, so aborted as a hanging parenthesis. It should be a crime. (And for my libertarian friends who say “who’s the victim?” I’d say, “My eyes.”)

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