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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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Does Fanfiction Improve Writing? Part 2

on December 6, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Uncategorized
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I recommend writing fanfiction for people who need to work on their dialogue skills, pacing, and character development.

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Avoiding Common Capitalization Errors

on December 3, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Proofreading and Editing
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I describe some areas of confusion about capitalization I have often observed in my work here at ProofreadingPal.

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Commonly Confused Words

on November 29, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Proofreading and Editing
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There are word pairs, even trios, whose meanings are similar, but distinct. The shades of difference are subtler, and so sometimes even educated speakers find themselves unsure of which is correct.

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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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5 Tips for Personal Statements

on October 21, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Admissions Essays
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Your personal statement will help your application if it shows that you’re a well-qualified individual and nicely suited for the program you’re applying to. Your personal statement will hurt your application if it’s poorly written or demonstrates a lack of academic focus. But never fear, Proofreading Pulse is here with tips for crafting a personal statement that will help you no matter where you’re applying.

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Rules of Canadian English

on October 3, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Proofreading and Editing
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Canadian English is unique. Neither American nor wholly British, it’s a robust hybrid of British Commonwealth English and cross-border influences. Before we can assess the Canadian dialect, though, we need to understand how global languages become localized, and for that we need to examine the origins of American English.

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Capitalization in APA, Chicago, MLA, and AP

on September 29, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Proofreading and Editing
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I have been noticing recently that willy-nilly use of upper- and lowercase letters is pretty common, although it is far from correct. So I thought it time to review some basic capitalization rules. Here are the types of words that should be capitalized:

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Does Fanfiction Improve Writing? Part 1

on September 19, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Fiction
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Despite its occasional bad rap, writing fanfic is a great way to improve your writing. I’ll go so far as to say that anyone looking to write original fiction can learn quite a few things from giving fanfiction a spin.

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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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Proper Use of Comment Boxes

on August 29, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Proofreading and Editing
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So much can be done with good comment boxes here’s an old-fashioned list of dos and don’ts.

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Strunk & White Still Good Advice

on August 12, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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When it comes to writing well, you’d be hard-pressed to find better advice than that contained in William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White’s The Elements of Style. First published in 1935, this slim volume provides wise guidance still relevant in today’s world of instant communication.

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Proper Geographical Abbreviations

on August 5, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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These rules do not arise organically but are handed down by self-appointed arbiters usually speaking for an affiliation of publishers. The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS), for instance, serves as the argument-ender for hundreds of magazines and newspapers.

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5 Obsolete Grammar Rules

on August 5, 2016 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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Grammar is as subject to fashion as everything else. So to keep you up to date, here are five grammar rules that rule no more.

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