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Why We Need Emojis

on November 7, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar
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Even though the older generations love to dump on them and elites love to complain about them, emojis are a useful, necessary advancement in modern language.

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AP Style Quick Guide

on October 31, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized
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In today’s post I’ll discuss some AP basics and differences from other style guides you’ll need to know to use this style effectively.

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Poetry Tools to Enhance Your Prose: Varieties of Rhyme

on October 24, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Rhyme can be understated, and it comes in more flavors than you might think. Repeated sounds are the key to crafting phrases that are catchy without seeming contrived. Let’s explore.

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One or Two: The Case Remains the Same

on October 1, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Adding in a second (or third or eighth) subject or object or modifier doesn’t change the case of the subject or object.

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Poetry Tools to Enhance Your Prose: Rhythm

on September 25, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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The glorious and intimidating thing about the English language is its bounty of options. Whatever we want to say, there are multiple ways to say it. It is our choices that render our language straightforward or confusing, memorable or boring, elegant or awkward.

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URLS & DOIs in Reference Lists: APA, MLA, and Chicago

on September 23, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Dissertations
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In today’s post, I’ll provide examples of reference listings including DOIs and URLs in APA, MLA, and the Chicago Manual of Style. I’ll point out some differences among these styles, and I’ll provide some information about what to do with electronic sources found using a database.

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Tricky Issues in Plagiarism: Part 2

on September 6, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Professional Writing
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This time in our plagiarism avoidance master class, we’ll discuss some even murkier areas dealing with the difference between copyright violations and plagiarism and how to refer to common sources.

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Poetry Tools to Enhance Your Prose: Meter

on August 28, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Poetry is simply a way of thinking about language, a theory that words can be arranged for beauty as well as for meaning. There is no reason why even modest explanatory prose cannot be a pleasure to read. And it is beauty that gives prose its pleasure, distinguishing memorable writing from that which is merely functional.

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Is It One Word or Two Words?

on August 23, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar
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As a living language, English is in a constant state of flux. This is quite clear when two words work their way into becoming one word. While there's no actual rule about this, there are some patterns.

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Style Guides and House Rules

on July 31, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools
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Periodicals often have their own in-house style guides laying out exceptions. Such house rules can be a source of confusion and anxiety for clients and proofreaders alike.

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Third-Person POV on Other Characters

on July 19, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Fiction
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We live our lives behind one set of eyes, but we can tell a lot about what the people around us are feeling and thinking even when they don’t say a word.

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Avoiding Plagiarism in Tricky Situations: Part 1

on July 16, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Essays
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But because we take inspiration from everything around us—from nature, from conversations, from street signs, from the things we watch and read—it can be hard to give appropriate credit to all those many sources.

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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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