Editing Tips: When Are Sentence Fragments Okay?

1 month ago / by David Standen
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

10 months ago / by David Standen
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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Top 3 Justifications for Sentence Fragments

3 years ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
Top 3 Justifications for Sentence Fragments
This post is very. Let that sink in for a moment. Deep, isn’t it? Unfortunately, it’s also poor grammar. As proofreaders, we know that incomplete sentences are usually unacceptable. But there are circumstances in which a partial sentence might make sense. Thus, here are our top three reasons to leave…
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Making Verbs Agree

3 years ago / by Proofreading Academy / 2 min read
Making Verbs Agree
Do you ever feel like the only voice of reason in a world where all the words hate each other? We do. Sometimes, arranging a sentence so that it reads naturally is a daunting task. This is particularly true of ensuring that verbs agree when dealing with things like compound…
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