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“I Wish I Were”: Explaining the Subjunctive

on June 29, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar
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You may never have heard the term subjunctive case before, or don’t remember it from Spanish class if you have, but knowing this rule and following it will make your speech and writing much better with just a little effort.

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When Writing Rules Conflict

on June 27, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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You can write a passage of ornate prose, passive voice willy-nilly, telling without showing, and as long as the meaning is clear, it’s good writing, at least, for everyday purposes.

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Christian Publishing Standards: Part 2

on June 18, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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In this blog, we’ll dig deeper into matters of formatting in Christian publishing, paying particular attention to the complicated issue of capitalization.

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Correct Use of Myself, Yourself, Itself

on June 7, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar
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People seem to think it’s snooty to say, “Donna and I,” but when they grow up, they also become aware that “Me and Donna” is wrong. So, faced with the choice of “I” (snooty) and “me” (wrong), some opt for the worst choice of all: “myself.”

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URLs and DOIs in Research

on June 6, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Dissertations
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If you access electronic sources, whether journal articles, webpages, datasets, online videos, or others, one piece of information you’ll need will be the source’s URL or DOI. What’s the difference? And which should you include in your reference list? Let’s take a look.

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Christian Publishing Standards: Part 1

on June 3, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized
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If you’re looking to get your Christian writing published professionally, though, it’s not enough to be an excellent writer moved by the Holy Spirit; you’ll also need to demonstrate that you can stick to professional publishing guidelines and standards.

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What Is IMRaD Format?

on May 6, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized
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Use Caution with Idioms

on April 29, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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even when used properly, figures of speech and idioms, what we might generally call “poetic language,” can be inappropriate for academic writing.

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Working from Home as an Independent Contract Proofreader: Time & Money

on April 25, 2019 by admin in Working From Home
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I think it’s safe to say that the majority of adults who live in Western societies hold a job with regular hours and some degree of financial security. Whether they earn a salary or an hourly wage, they go to work in the same place and receive a certain, predetermined income. Others, however, find themselves in circumstances where keeping a regular schedule is difficult, if not impossible.

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Making Recipes Look Professional

on April 24, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized
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We’re talking about the recipe on the page, the step-by-step instructions for making the food, which requires being specific enough to reassure cooks they’re doing the right thing without distracting them with information they don’t need in the kitchen.

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Working from Home as an Independent Contract Proofreader: Considerations and Qualifications

on April 8, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Working From Home
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I never intended to become an independent contract proofreader, working from a lounge chair in a tropical forest on the Pacific coast of Mexico. But I love words and water, so that’s what happened.

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Business Texting vs. Emails

on April 4, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Business Proofreading and Editing
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It’s a good time to talk about formal vs. informal texting and texting vs. writing emails.

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Tips for Effective Use of Quotes

on April 2, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Quotes from outside sources are useful and necessary in research papers. If your paper includes a literature review in which you discuss your field’s relevant literature, you will use quotes to add clarity and precision to your summary and analysis.

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IEEE Referencing Style

on March 30, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing
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The Dummy Subject

on March 8, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar
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Dummy subject can add unnecessary fluff to a sentence, thus distracting readers from the point and muddling the writer’s meaning. They're easy to avoid.

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The Modern Writing Muse

on March 7, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Today, seeing as artists come in all manner of genders, and not many of us are Greco-Roman pagans, we can replace “female” with “Other” and “goddess” with “free agent” and see the Muse as very much alive and well in an artist’s life.

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AMA Referencing Style

on February 27, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools
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The next style we’re looking at is another of these specialist fields: medicine. The American Medical Association (AMA) has a particular style it prefers authors to follow when writing, and pre-med and medical students, doctors in residency, and researchers may all be asked to use this.

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CSE Referencing Style

on February 7, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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The physical sciences (e.g., physics, chemistry, genetics, biological sciences, astronomy) often rely on CSE referencing, a style created and updated by the Council of Scientific Editors.

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Guide to Olde English

on January 22, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Fiction
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“Olde English” is all made up, but the individual words themselves did exist in general conversation, and they do come with grammar rules.

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Commonly Misused Words

on January 14, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar
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I encounter incorrectly used words (and made up words) all the time, and today I’ll write about some I’ve noticed popping quite a bit recently, particularly in academic writing.

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