A Proofreader’s Guide to Conjunctive Adverbs

2 months ago / by David Standen
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?

4 months 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

1 year 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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