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What Is Passive Voice and How Do I Use It?

on September 25, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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In general, the active voice is much clearer, more concise, and direct: all qualities of effective writing. Use the passive voice only if you need to.

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Should I Use First, Second, or Third Person?

on September 3, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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It’s pretty easy to avoid second person in formal writing, so the main source of confusion comes from whether to use first or third person.

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How to Write without Clichés: Part 2

on August 22, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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Clichés serve many purposes. Unfortunately, they’re all bad.

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How to Show Emphasis in Writing

on August 19, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Writing Guides
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Here are some subtle ways we can add to our meaning by emphasizing words, expressions, and phrases and suggestions for how to use them most effectively.

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What Tense Should I Use in Writing?

on August 3, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Professional Writing
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People are right to be confused because what tense you should use varies widely depending on your writing style and your purpose.

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How to Write without Clichés: Part 1

on July 23, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Professional Writing
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Don’t try to memorize some list of clichés. There are thousands of them. But also don’t worry that every single phrase you write has to be completely original.

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ESL/EFL Guide to English Writing Pt 2

on July 16, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Editing Tools
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Three common challenges non-native speakers encounter when writing in English and offer some suggestions for dealing with them.

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4 Tips for the Best Resume Format

on June 15, 2015 by Proofreading Pal in Resumes
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You’ve worked hard on your content; now make sure your recruiter can find it.

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