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The Vocative Comma Is Important, People!

on December 6, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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The whole point of grammar is that the audience shouldn’t have to guess at what you’re trying to say. Missing vocative commas deeply change the meaning of their sentences,

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Italics and Quotes for Titles: A Guide

on December 3, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Titles come in many shapes and sizes, but they all have rules for formatting that you master with just a little work. Italics, quotes, even plain text: they all apply in certain situations. How do you know which is which?

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Writing Style vs. Grammar: Right, Wrong, or Neither?

on November 28, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing
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Recently it came to my attention that an issue I’d thought of for years as a grammar error is, in fact, a matter of personal writing style—my personal style, to be specific.

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Special Post: ProofreadingPal’s 2018 Holiday Hours

on November 20, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in News
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We will still be accepting proofreading orders 24/7, but we’ll have the following live customer service hours:

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Customizing the Spellchecker Dictionary

on November 3, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools
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There’s a dictionary that lives in your copy of Microsoft Word. In fact, there are several. In this blog, we’ll look at some ways to optimize and customize these tools to best suit your particular job.

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Words You Use but Don’t Know

on October 31, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Conversation is often more about phrases than words, to the point where we often use the phrases without thinking about the individual words at all.

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Collaborative Editing, Part 2: Google Docs

on October 27, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized
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Google Docs (GDocs) is a free software application from Google. If you have a Gmail account, you have access to Docs. Just click on the “Drive” icon in the upper-right menu of your account or go straight to docs.google.com.

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Collaborative Editing, Part 1

on October 2, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing
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In some situations, however, a more collaborative process is not just appropriate, but critical. Let’s take a look at what collaborative editing is and how you can make use of it to produce the best writing possible.

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10 Quick Tips for Using Adverbs

on October 1, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Adverbs are modifiers used specifically to explain, describe, and define the way actions occur. They’re very simple things, which obviously means that using them can get complicated. Following these ten tips should help.

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How to Use Microsoft Word AutoCorrect

on September 26, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools
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Microsoft Word’s autocorrect can it fix common spelling errors and automate routine formatting and capitalization functions. It’s also highly customizable and easy to use.

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How to Find a Good Editor

on September 4, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Proofreading and Editing
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When hiring an editor for your writing, you first need to make sure you understand the different types of editing. Underneath the umbrella of editing, there are four main activities, ranging from intensive developmental editing to light proofreading:

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Editing vs. Ghostwriting

on August 31, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Business Proofreading and Editing
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First, ghostwriting isn’t a legitimate practice when it comes to term papers or other formal work done for course credit or academic advancement, like published research papers. Sorry, guys, but you need to do your own research and writing for that. Same with articles for trade journals and the like.

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Italics: The Dos and Don’ts

on August 14, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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I spend a lot of my editing hours at ProofreadingPal dealing with wayward italics, so let’s talk about times when they are used properly and when they aren’t.

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Quick Guide to Colons and Semicolons

on August 6, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Let's talk about two marks that set off complementary information, phrases and clauses without which a sentence is incomplete: the colon and the semicolon.

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3 Steps to Good Description

on July 30, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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Two schools of thought have helped define the English lit attitude toward writing description since the Modern Period. To oversimplify, we can use Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald as touchstones.

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Guidelines for Quoting and Paraphrasing Part II

on July 24, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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In today’s post, I’ll look at three potentially problematic issues related to quoting and paraphrasing and give tips to be successful with each.

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Guide to Commas, Dashes, and Parentheses

on July 4, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides
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The problem with having so many choices in punctuation is that often even experienced writers aren’t sure which is appropriate in a given situation. And indeed, the choice is sometimes arbitrary. But there are some common guidelines and conventions to help you along.

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Editing vs. Cheating

on June 30, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Business Proofreading and Editing
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Hiring an editor isn’t about getting someone to write your paper for you, and an ethical editor isn’t a writer for hire.

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5 Tips for Writing a PhD Application

on June 25, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Admissions Essays
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The most critical part of a PhD application is the research proposal and accompanying letter. These elements explain just what you plan to do for the next three to five years of your life, how you’ll contribute to the goals and recognition of the department you’re applying to, and why, exactly, you want to do something as crazy as pursue a PhD in the first place.

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How to Format Math and Equations

on June 6, 2018 by ProofreadingPal in Essays
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In a mathematical expression, numbers, variables, and operators act like the parts of speech. Numbers and variables are nouns; operational symbols may variously act as conjunctions, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, or transitive verbs.

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