Editing Tips: Prescriptivism vs. Descriptivism

6 months ago / by Chrissy Derbyshire
Editing Tips: Prescriptivism vs. Descriptivism
As a proofreader, you may come across the terms prescriptivism and descriptivism. Each refers to a way of thinking about language. But what are the differences? In short: Prescriptivism takes language to be governed by formal rules. As a result, for…
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A Proofreader’s Guide to Conjunctive Adverbs

8 months ago / by Proofreading Academy
A Proofreader’s Guide to Conjunctive Adverbs
Conjunctive adverbs are a useful way of linking sentences and clauses in writing. However, the rules for punctuating conjunctive adverbs can be confusing. As a proofreader, then, you may need to look for issues with these terms. In this post, we’ll explain what you need to know. Linking Sentences with…
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Editing Tips: When Are Sentence Fragments Okay?

10 months ago / by Nicole Dickinson
Editing Tips: When Are Sentence Fragments Okay?
Strictly speaking, sentence fragments – incomplete sentences that don’t express a complete thought – are ungrammatical. And, as a proofreader, you would usually correct ungrammatical text in a document. But is a sentence fragment always an error? The short answer is "no." Many writers use sentence fragments deliberately,…
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What to Do with the Singular They

2 years ago / by Proofreading Academy
What to Do with the Singular They
For a pronoun, 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 singular ‘they’…
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