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Time to admit defeat…

I know, I know, I KNNOOWW I need to blog more often for any number of reasons, not least because it keeps Mr Google happy, however the truth is I am simply too busy. That’s not me boasting or anything, it’s simply a fact. I spend so much time writing blogs for other people that […]

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Lead, by example

When proofreading, one mistake occurs more than any other: ‘Lead’ used instead of ‘Led’. For example, it appears that the majority of the English-speaking world would write ‘He lead me up the garden path…’ when it should in fact be ‘He led me up the garden path…’ Here’s proof (thanks to www.oxforddictionaries.com): verb (past and past participle led /lɛd/) […]

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Typical written mistakes

As a professional proofreader I’ve read hundreds of documents over the years and some of the same mistakes crop up time and time again. Here are my ‘favourites’: 1.  Some people just love apostrophes. So much so that they just stick them any old where. ‘Drink’s’, ‘it’s’ where ‘its’ will do and the mass confusion […]

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Help with Track Changes

I’m considering re-recording David Bowie’s track ‘Changes’, to be adjusted as follows: Track ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-changes Turn the damn thing off… Or maybe I’ll just devote half an hour or so to writing this blog. Yes, a much better idea. So, the Track Changes feature on Microsoft Word. Used by proofreaders and editors all over the world […]

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How to stop being consistently inconsistent

Perhaps one of the most difficult things to pick up on when re-reading and editing text is inconsistency. When I’m proofreading work I often find myself stopping halfway through a document, having read, say, ‘co-ordination’, and an alarm bell will ring which suggests that it was spelt ‘coordination’ earlier on page nine. This is a […]

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A very brief guide to apostrophes

Ah, the apostrophe. It always amazes me how one of the tiniest and most innocent looking forms of punctuation can strike fear in everyone who writes in the English language. Though it does randomly get inserted and suspiciously omitted from many passages of text, it’s the age-old conundrum of which side of the ‘s’ to […]

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Beware of the blog

You may find it a little cheeky, what with this being only my second ever blog, however I’m going to offer some advice to the blogging community. Now, I appreciate that blogs are a brilliant and quick way to get your opinions out to a massive audience, however with this power comes the burden of […]

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An introduction to proofreading

You could call me fussy. You could even refer to me as an obsessive compulsive. But I have an annoying habit of spotting mistakes in text. Only five minutes ago I was given a professionally printed wall planner to put up in the office. I’d say within about three seconds of opening it up I […]

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