Apostrophes with Singular and Plural Nouns

December 30, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar

Lets get into the complexities of apostrophes when dealing with singular and plural nouns.

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December 19, 2019 by admin in News

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Poetry Tools to Enhance Your Prose: Analogy, Part 1 (Simile and Metaphor)

December 7, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

The guidebooks’ prohibition on colorful language is really just a plea for clarity. Used sparingly, in commonly understood expressions or for illustrative purposes, simile and metaphor can make your prose more understandable and memorable.

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What to Do When You Can’t Use Emojis

December 3, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Professional Writing

This time, let’s deal with the fact that emojis are still not OK in professional and some types of personal communication and consider some good alternatives.

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Conditional Verbs in Research Writing

November 29, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar

In research writing, the difference between hypothetical and factual statements is critical; your choice of verb helps make the distinction. In today’s post, I’ll provide a review of the forms and use of modal auxiliary verbs and conditional statements and some basic tips to help you use them effectively in research writing.

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Why We Need Emojis

November 7, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar

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

October 31, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Uncategorized, Writing Guides

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

October 24, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

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

October 1, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

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

September 25, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

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

September 23, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Dissertations

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

September 6, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Professional Writing

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

August 28, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

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?

August 23, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar

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

July 31, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools

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

July 19, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Fiction

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

July 16, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Essays

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

June 29, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar

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

June 27, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

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

June 18, 2019 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Guides

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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