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What Everybody Ought to Know About Proofreaders

The Origin of a Proofreader What comes to mind when you think about proofreaders? Perhaps, a harried pencil-pushing, glasses-wearing word nerd with hair pulled out yay far (imagine hands extending from each side of one’s head), another pencil behind the ear, and sweat beading down the side of his/her face—all the while deciding where a…

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4 Little-Known Proofreading Tricks that Work Every Time

Guaranteed proofreading tricks for a better document 1. Read each word of your text right to left (instead of left to right). When we proofread the same way we write and read, our eyes and brain can work in conjunction to fool us—tricking us into reading what we expect to see. You are more likely…

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Semicolons: How You Can Use Them & Look Smarter

3 Simple Ways to Use Semicolons As far as punctuation panics go, a semicolon is probably the scariest punctuation mark out there. The mere question of its use can send even the most educated non-linguist into a sweat. After all, isn’t it simpler to separate the thoughts into two sentences and use a period? Here…

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10 Commonly Confused Words

Want to Sound Smart? Conquer these commonly confused words In today’s business world, it’s all about image. Not just how we dress, how we look, what we drive, but also how we sound–both in person and on paper. Let’s face it: the English language is full of commonly confused words. Sometimes we mix them up…

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4 Ways to Make Your Writing Pop

Writing and Communication: 4 Strategies for Improvement 1.       Vibrant Verbs Make your verbs as specific as possible. Active verbs make your writing pop. Clutter your document or manuscript with passive verbs and you’ll likely put your readers to sleep. Eliminate all forms of the verb to be (there were, there was, there are or any…

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Is Proofreading & Editing Expensive?

The cost of getting it right vs. getting it wrong. Here’s why we’ll always need editing and proofreading.   Imagine–paying for printing, mailing, etc. only to discover that a single misplaced punctuation mark completely changed the intent of your message! Or an embarrassing spelling error wasn’t caught and makes it to your entire client list!…

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Hyphens for Dummies (Easy Tips to Avoid Confusion)

To hyphenate or not to hyphenate–that is the question. The use of hyphens tends to bring up a lot of controversy from time to time, and it is possibly one of the most overused (or underused) punctuation marks. Here’s a quickie refresher on hyphen use. 1. Hyphenated Compounds vs. Open and Closed Compounds According to…

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