What to Do with the Singular They

2 months ago / by David Standen
What to Do with the Singular They
As far as pronouns go, the singular ‘they’ is quite controversial. It is also widely misunderstood, so it’s worth looking at how it is used and whether it is standard English. In addition, we will offer a few tips on when you should use (or recommend use of) the…
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What to Do with Tentative Language

5 months ago / by David Standen / 2 min read
What to Do with Tentative Language
Tentative language – also known as "hedging" – is a common feature of many types of writing. But what exactly do we mean by tentative language? And what should you do if you encounter hedging when editing or proofreading a document? In this post, we explain all.…
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Word Choice: Similar Words or Similar Meanings?

1 year ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
Word Choice: Similar Words or Similar Meanings?
Our rich, annoying language has many words whose meanings are subtly distinct. It also has many words with similar spellings. Sometimes the two intersect and we get a double whammy of confusion. Today, we look at two pairs of words we suspect are trying to catch us out. The first…
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Religious Terms

1 year ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
Religious Terms
And lo, the proofreader corrected the spelling and the grammar, and she did separate sentence from sentence with proper punctuation. For six days she did this, and on the seventh day she did this also, for she worked freelance and could not afford to rest. Don’t worry, we haven’t changed…
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