I missed the lunar eclipse, but I caught this sentence, from USA Today :
As with all lunar eclipses, its safe to look at the moon during the eclipse, unlike during solar eclipses.It’s safe: it is. But also: unlike during is an awkward construction. The things that are unlike are lunar and solar eclipses, not during the eclipses. Better:
It’s dangerous to look at the moon during a solar eclipse, but lunar eclipses are always safe for viewing.Or:
Lunar eclipses, unlike solar eclipses, are safe for viewing.On September 28, there will be another lunar eclipse to view, or miss.
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April 5: The sentence no longer appears in the USA Today article.
[Garner’s Modern American Usage glosses unlike in as common in American and British English. Still, Bryan Garner says, “careful writers will avoid it.” This post is no. 56 in a series, “How to improve writing,” dedicated to improving stray bits of public prose.]