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Can They Be a Singular Pronoun?

on June 20, 2017 by Chris in Writing Guides
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Unlike some other languages, English lacks a pronoun for speaking about a person when their (or, um, his or her) gender is unknown. This is awkward in discussing hypothetical situations and when referring to people who don’t identify as male or female.

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Tips for Writing Theses, Dissertations, and Longer Works

on June 4, 2017 by Proofreading Pal in Dissertations
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At some point, you may be faced with the task of writing something longer and more involved, like a capstone paper, thesis, dissertation, or long business report. But it’s OK. Your work will follow the same path as it would for any other writing assignment; it will just take longer and be more involved.

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Tips for Better Sentence Structure: Part 1

on May 24, 2017 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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My two tips today deal with the most common mistakes in sentence structure I see here at ProofreadingPal.com: bad parallelism and bad sentence chronology. Big words, but easy fixes.

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Between vs. Among: Commonly Confused Words

on May 18, 2017 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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Before we consider the question of between vs. among, let’s look at the distinctions of degree that follow. When we speak of “more people” or “a larger number of people,” the meaning is functionally the same, but we choose the adjective based on whether we’re talking about countable objects or mass or abstract nouns. Between and among are also affected.

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When to Use Who and Whom

on May 6, 2017 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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I see this one done incorrectly all the time—not just at work, but also in published writing. The problem doesn’t seem to be confusion between the subject “who” and the object “whom,” but confusion about how sentences work. So let’s start there.

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Harvard Citation Style Explained

on April 28, 2017 by Proofreading Pal in Editing Tools
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Harvard is just another parenthetical author-date citation style. If you can learn a few key points, you can successfully cope with Harvard referencing.

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Using PDF/A Format to Make Digital Files Permanent

Your PDF may not be compatible with future versions of PDF reading programs. To ensure your document remains accessible in exactly the same format, you need to create a PDF/A version of the file. By following some principles of interoperability, your file will remain as you intended no matter what program you’re using to open it.

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Top 4 Misspelled Words

on March 31, 2017 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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I’m interested in writing about these four words in one post because, apart from being misspelled all the time, they seem to have nothing in common.

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The “Misunderstood” Scare Quotes

on March 28, 2017 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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Scare quotes should rarely be used. For one thing, they frequently send the message that the writer couldn’t be bothered to state things clearly.

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Comparison and Contrast: Commonly Confused Words

on March 18, 2017 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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Expressions of comparison and contrast are a vital part of language. It’s useful to be able to set things side by side and describe how they stack up in terms of size, number, or degree.

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2 Tips for Professional-Looking Fiction

on March 1, 2017 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Fiction
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The following come from my own mentors, most of them editors for publishing houses. I’ve found their advice to be solid gold, and these warnings have served me excellently as both a writer and an editor.

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MLA’s 8th Edition: Nothing and Everything Have Changed

on February 22, 2017 by Chris in MLA
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The authors of the leading academic style guide for the humanities write that “The problem . . . is the increasing mobility of texts. The sources with which we work are discovered in locations and formats different from those in which they were originally published, and we have no way of knowing today where those sources might end up tomorrow.”

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How to Avoid Fragments

on February 9, 2017 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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A sentence is a complete thought, almost always with a subject and a verb. At its most basic, a sentence has a thing doing something or having something done to it. In a fragment, at least one of these elements is missing, and so the fragment can’t stand on its own as a complete thought.

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5 Times to Write Good Transitions

on February 2, 2017 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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There are many transition words and phrases out there. I’ll highlight some of the most common ones by the situation in which they may be used.

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We’re Hiring Work-from-Home Proofreaders

on January 24, 2017 by admin in Proofreading and Editing
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ProofreadingPal LLC paid out over $471K to work-from-home contract proofreaders in 2016, and we're looking to expand our network of professionals! Are you looking to make extra money with your proofreading and editing talents? If so, we'd like to learn more about you. Please visit our career opportunities page for application details.

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“I Feel Badly”: Argh! No, You Don’t!

on January 21, 2017 by Proofreading Pal in Proofreading and Editing
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People like to say, “I feel badly," but it's wrong. Let’s look at exactly why this is not an idiom, a turn of phrase, a colloquialism, or anything other than a flat-out mistake.

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Affect vs. Effect: Commonly Confused Words

on January 16, 2017 by Proofreading Pal in Proofreading and Editing
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Let’s look at a word pairing that can trip up even experienced writers (and some proofreaders): the almost-twins affect and effect.

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Editing Grammar in Poetry

on January 9, 2017 by Proofreading Pal in Proofreading and Editing
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A good poetry editor fixes bad grammar just like a good prose editor does. But a better poetry editor must also pay attention when grammar is being manipulated to aid meaning.

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Keep Editors Separate in MS Word

on January 2, 2017 by Proofreading Pal in Proofreading and Editing
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Here’s a quick guide to how you restore individual editors to a document in Word 2007, 2010, and 2013 in Windows and 2016 in Mac.

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Keep It Simple, Seriously!

on December 21, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Proofreading and Editing
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Professional and academic documents demand the principle of “Keep It Simple.” While some document styles can take a more flexible approach, academic documents in particular should always be simple, easy to read, and visually uncluttered. Let’s take a look at why.

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