More Tips for Word’s Spell and Grammar Check

January 31, 2022 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools

Spell check is a great tool to let writers know when they’ve made spelling errors, but it misses many commonly confused words (appraise and apprise) and homophones (hair and hare). It also can’t simultaneously check intermingled English and foreign language terms, and there are many technical terms it won’t know and will count as spelling errors (though you can add words to the dictionary. In today’s post, I offer some tips to help you take better advantage of Word’s spelling and grammar checks.


Use a Modifier or a Hyphen, Not Both

January 22, 2022 by ProofreadingPal in Grammar

Recently, I’ve been noticing an increase in the error of putting a hyphen between a modifier and the word it modifies. I did mention once in a post on hyphens, “When the words in front of nouns are already modifiers (adverbs or adjectives), no hyphen is used,” but I didn’t elaborate. So, that’s what I’d like to do today.


Quick Intro to Dialects in Dialogue

January 13, 2022 by ProofreadingPal in Writing Fiction

what does the poetry of Burns have to do with writing and editing in Modern Standard English? For writers of fiction, the answer is “plenty.”


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