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How to Edit PDFs

on November 9, 2016 by admin in Editing Tools
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PDFs can be scary for an editor. After all, you can’t just turn on Track Changes as in Word and go to town. The entire point of a PDF is that it always looks the same. So how do you make changes or suggestions?

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Lie vs. Lay vs. Lied vs. Laid vs. Lain

on October 27, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Editing Tools
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One of the hardest irregular verbs in English to use properly is “to lie,” and another is “to lay.” The verbs have a multitude of overlapping meanings, and then they’re conjugated differently while being spelled the same. However, you can become an expert if we take it one step at a time. And we’ll start with the hardest one.

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2 More Great Tips for Self-Editing

on September 6, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Editing Tools
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Another way to get your brain to take a fresh look at what you’ve written is to print it out and read it on actual paper. These days, most of us do our writing on the computer; we type and the words appear on the screen. By printing out your document and reading it with a pen in hand, you may notice problems, errors, and quirks that you didn’t see on the screen.

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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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4 Fixes for Comment Boxes in MS Word

on May 28, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Editing Tools
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Whether you’re an editor orworking with an editor, you’re going to deal with comment boxes, which can bring up a whole new realm of issues, which can lead to a whole new range of curse words. But here’s a quick guide to fixing the four most common problems:

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MS Word Formatting Errors

on May 26, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Editing Tools
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When it comes to the controlling the flow of text across lines and pages, many MS Word users treat this sophisticated, responsive software as if it were an old IBM Selectric. Here are some of the formatting errors we see multiple times a week, errors that can actually keep Word from functioning properly.

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ESL/EFL Guide to English Writing Pt 2

on July 16, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Editing Tools
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Three common challenges non-native speakers encounter when writing in English and offer some suggestions for dealing with them.

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How Best to Use Editing Services

on May 28, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Business Proofreading and Editing
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The more work you put in before you submit your document, the better your document will look after the professionals finish with it.

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