5 Errors New Proofreaders Often Miss

2 weeks ago / by David Standen
5 Errors New Proofreaders Often Miss
Proofreaders need to be careful not to overlook mistakes in text while they work. Here, for instance, we’re going to look at five errors that new proofreaders often miss in documents: Mix-ups involving unfamiliar homophones. Multiple independent clauses combined in a comma splice. Inconsistencies in a document that don’t involve…
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5 Tips for Proofreading Different English Dialects

2 months ago / by David Standen
5 Tips for Proofreading Different English Dialects
One benefit of freelance proofreading is that you can work with clients all around the world. But this may mean you encounter English dialects that differ from the one you know best. And while this can pose challenges for proofreaders, we have a few tips that can help: Set the…
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Proofreading Tips: A Quick Guide to Canadian English

2 months ago / by David Standen
Proofreading Tips: A Quick Guide to Canadian English
Canadian English combines aspects of both American and British English, as well as having its own purely Canadian terminology and usage. We’ve put together a quick guide to Canadian English for proofreaders to highlight general guidelines for working with this dialect. Canadian English Spelling Canadian English usually follows British spelling…
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5 Easy-to-Miss Quotation Mark Errors

3 months ago / by David Standen
5 Easy-to-Miss Quotation Mark Errors
Among other things, a good proofreader will check documents for proper use of quotes and quotation marks. However, there are many easy-to-miss quotation mark errors, including: Using quotation marks for emphasis. Adding quotation marks with reported speech. Overusing or misusing ‘scare quotes’ in a manuscript. Inconsistent use of ‘smart’…
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