A quickie post today. I occasionally bemoan the use of introductory adverbs when you want adjectives. You know, using “hopefully” to start a sentence. So it’s nice when I find some writing that doesn’t make this common mistake. This one is from a Scientific American article about tigers (the bold is my emphasis):
Over the next six years radiotelemetry revealed the nuances of tiger behavior by enabling me to spend less time searching blindly for tigers and more time observing them. More important, this approach exposed where the cats wandered.
Yay! He didn’t write “More importantly.”
Don’t you, either!
PS—I ran into this very mistake today, in a piece of post-apocalyptic fiction:
Most importantly, they’d recovered a few dozen wheels. A wheel could be a gear, or part of a pulley, or a component in a steam engine.
Juno is also the first solar-powered spacecraft to explore the outer planets, which raises the question: why solar power?
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