Homophones – What Professional Editors Know

A professional editor must be clear about the variant spellings and meanings of the most commonly used words in the…

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Online Editing Services – What Do I Really Need?

Choosing between all the possible professional online editing services that exist is a difficult task. Whether you are…

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The First Edit – Reference Information

If you are like most writers who are serious about their craft and about getting published, you probably want to make…

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Editing for ESL Writers: Articles and Prepositions

All writers require some form of editing at some point in their writing project. If they decide to compose a personal…

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History of the Ampersand Symbol

Ampersand The ampersand symbol we know first appeared in some graffiti on a Pompeian wall. It was around the first…

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Misused Homophones: When Do I Use There, Their, or They’re?

Correct grammar is the basis for a well-written paper or article. “There,” “their,” and “they’re” are…

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Follow These Rules for Comma Usage

There are many different rules for comma usage, and unlike some other sorts of punctuation (e.g., the question mark,…

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When Should I Use “a” or “an” in a Sentence?

The difference between the articles “a” or “an” in a sentence is one of style and sound. When the next word…

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Grammar Tips for Texting

The world of texting is like the Wild West in some aspects. It’s wide open and almost without rules. The only rule…

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How and When to Use the Ampersand

Primary ampersand usage varies from language to language. In Germany, the rule is to use the ampersand within formal or…

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How to Use Parentheses

When deciding when to, or how to, use parentheses, an editor will first determine how important the information is to…

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How To Use Possessive Nouns

It is one of the greatest challenges of a writer to get the grammar and spelling of words and sentences right. That is…

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Where to Find Help When Proofreading Your Writing

Throughout the world, there are many great storytellers. Everyone has a story inside of them, whether it is a legendary…

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Using Semicolons and Colons

This article details how to use semicolons and colons. Semicolons A semicolon creates separation. They often…

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The Proper Use of Hyphens

This short tutorial will detail the proper use of hyphens. There are simple guidelines to determine when and how to use…

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Hyphens Between Compound Adjectives

Knowing when to use a hyphen can be confusing, given that several rules are governing the utilization of this mark. The…

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Using Professional Editing Services is Cost-Effective

It is important to spend time and money to ensure that your résumé, letter of interest, etc., is error-free and gives…

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Trying to Edit a Document in PDF vs. Word Format

Summary: It’s tough to edit a PDF file. Why is that? Because PDF files were simply not made to be…

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Top Five Comma Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Correct use of commas can be very confusing and, in some cases, may depend on the chosen style guide of your work.…

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How to Accept All Track Changes at Once in Microsoft Word

If you are writing a document that will subsequently be corrected by a tutor, peer, colleague, or professional editor,…

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Follow These Guidelines to Properly Use an Asterisk

The important thing to remember about an asterisk is simply that it points to something else. It does not convey an…

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The Time to Edit is Before It’s a Book

Many people who self-publish leave the editing until the end. This is a big mistake. As a writer, you should edit…

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How to Edit Urban Slang

There are rules for writing—including using formal versus informal language when you write—that can extend to…

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Examples of Transition Words

Transitional words or phrases are used in speech and in writing to link parts of a sentence. They create flow between…

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