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Hyphens in Numbers, Prefixes, and Modifiers

on July 20, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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In today’s post, I look at some specific grammatical constructions and how hyphens are used in them.

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How Reliable Is Spell Check?

on July 8, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Editing Tools
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The first time I saw Office Suite’s spell check function, I just about cried with joy. (Shut up. I’m a nerd.) Gone forever would be the days of having words like “metaphore” and “ocurrance” litter my papers and irritate my professors, dragging down my grades and self-esteme . . . uh, esteem.

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Guide to Using Hyphens in Compound Words

on July 7, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Editing Tools
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Recently I’ve gotten a little obsessed with compounds words and the hyphen, that little punctuation mark that can cause so much confusion. My interest in this started when I was looking into the spelling of the word “healthcare.” Oops! I mean “health care”… or “health-care”?

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2 Great Tips for Self-Editing

on July 7, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Editing Tools
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Whether you’re a writer, professional editor, or client for a professional editor, you can always benefit from a little self-editing. However, we’re all too close to our own work; we know what we meant to say, and this can get scrambled up with what is actually on the page.

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How Many Spaces After a Period?

on July 1, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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Typing two blank spaces at the end of every sentence is one such habit. Lots of people still do it because it used to be a rule, and that’s how they were taught. And they, in turn, pass the “rule” along to the next generation of writers. But for most kinds of writing, the two-space habit is, in fact, no longer the rule.

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